Employee’s health and safety rights and responsibilities

In every company, the employer has the obligation to ensure a healthy and safe environment and working conditions for all the employees. Similarly, the employees have the right to work in a safe and healthy environment, but also the obligation not to misuse the provided conditions and to keep their environment safe and suitable for their own wellbeing, as well as for the wellbeing of their co-workers. It is important to know your rights and responsibilities, in order to avoid inconveniences, or if they occur, to know how and when to seek for legal advice, you can ask follow this link.

Your rights as an employee may vary from company to company and country to country, but these are the universal ones, which need to be respected no matter where you work:

• You have the right to properly control your health
• You need to be provided with all the necessary protective equipment, with all the charges covered by the company
• You can stop working and leave the workplace if you are reasonably concerned about your safety without being penalized
• You have the right to take breaks during the workday (their duration and frequency depend on your country’s law and the company’s policy)
• You have the right to have at least a day off from work during one working week, as well as to have one paid holiday per year (its duration again depends on the country’s laws and the company’s policy)

Other than rights, there are, naturally, the responsibilities you have as an employee as well:

• You need to take reasonable care of your own safety and health
• If you operate heavy machinery, you need to always wear all the prescribed safety equipment and make sure not to wear inappropriate clothes that can endanger your safety
• You need to take care not to put other people in danger while doing your work
• You need to get proper training and make sure you are able to use all the machinery needed for your job
• You need to report any injury you suffer at work, or any condition you have that may cause you to get injured