We all are aware of jobs like: Marketing representatives, customer representatives and company representatives; representative are called ‘reps’ for short. There are certain other representatives which are not famous but play a vital role in any organization. Among all the reps, health and safety representative is considered as the most important character in a company. In any organization, health and safety of employees are the foremost responsibility of the management no matter what it should be made sure by the organization to mitigate the risk to the best. This responsibility is given to the rep of health safety representative, in common language the basic responsibility of a health and safety rep is to eliminate, reduce and manage the risk at the workplace for the employees. There are certain roles which need to be played by the health and safety representatives which are given below:
Assist: the first role of health and working safely at height is to assist the employees regarding any matter involves health and safety at the workplace. This is rep’s responsibility to give assistance provide guidance and help as much as possible.
Consult: there are certain issues which requires expert and technical experience and knowledge. Definitely the mentioned rep may not have the relevant experience regarding certain issues so the consultancy role applies here. As a guard of health and safety of the employees the rep must consult the concern person and get back with a suitable remedy.
Inspect: workplace area must be inspected responsibly, fire extinguishing system, emergency exist etc. imagine in a 17 story building how important it would be to examine every aspect of health and safety of the employees. Like ISO certification there are other health and safety certifications which a company may get after fulfilling the best of every aspect of the safety. Moreover, if the rep finds anything inappropriate he/she should raise the voice and discuss things in details with the upper management in order to address the issues officially.
First contact: First one to be informed by the employees, he/she should gain enough confidence of the employees that incase of any issue employees must come first to the health and safety rep before, going to the senior management anyways. To tell the employees where and how, actively deal with the safety concerns, safety induction and orientation to the new employees, conducting monthly safety related drills are some must priority and responsibility of the health and safety representative.
In a nutshell, there are certain things which must be cared by almost everyone. Everybody must act responsibly to make the rep’s job easier. Laziness, carelessness, inattention towards risk and sloppiness are some initial steps towards hazards and safety issues.