Human Resources Chapter 10 textbook notes

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Human Resources Chapter 10 Textbook
Strategic importance of occupational health and safety
Safety affects employee well-being, which in turn affects customer service
Hundreds of thousands of costly workplace injuries occur across Canada each year
Occupational health hazards are widespread
Shared responsibility model
A new approach to health and safety in the workplace that communicates the importance of
employer and employee cooperation to reduce accident rates
Employees have 3 basic rights under the joint responsibility model
The right to know what hazards are present, how they are affected, and what health
and safety training is available
The right to participate in the occupational health and safety process
The right to refuse unsafe work without fear of reprisals
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
A Canada-wide, legally mandated system to protect workers by providing information about
hazardous materials in the workplace
Occupational health and safety legislation
Laws intended to protect the health and safety of workers by minimizing work-related
accidents and illnesses
Employers are responsible for ‘due diligence’ to maintain worker health and safety
Employees have the right to refuse work that is unsafe
Joint health and safety committees are required to ensure a healthy workplace
WHMIS requires precautions regarding toxic substances
Supervisors have personal duty for safety of their workers
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