Anytime you start a new job, your employer and supervisor have a duty to give you information about the hazards in your job and make sure you have any safety training required by law.
Types of Training
There are two type of training you must receive:
General workplace safety information and/or training alerts you to basic safety concerns and procedures in your workplace, for instance:
- company safety rules
- emergency procedures
- first aid locations and procedures
Specific safety training teaches you how to do your job safely and how to use any machines your job requires, for instance:
- procedures - how to do the job
- how to use protective guards and safety features
- lockout procedures
If your job involves working with chemicals, your employer will also have to provide you with a special type of training called WHMIS.
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
Your employer must ensure you have the protective equipment your job requires, and your supervisor must make sure you use it and that you use it properly.
The type of personal protective equipment you need will depend on the the job you are doing. A few of the most common:
- Hard hats and safety boots are required at all construction sites and may be required in factories.
- Safety glasses and dust masks are required when working on many different types of machine.
- Suitable protective gloves are required in workplaces that deal with biological hazards chemicals.
- Hearing protection is required in noisy workplaces.
Hygiene and Emergency Facilities
Apart from personal protective equipment, some jobs will require you to use hygiene facilities such as hand wash stations and disinfectant soaps. This reduces the chance of toxic substances being absorbed or ingested into the body. They may also prevent hazardous agents from being carried away from the workplace.
In some other jobs, you will need to know how to use emergency facilities such as first aid kits and eye wash stations.
Make sure you know where these facilities such as first aid kits are located and how to use them.