Duties of employees

Employees have health and safety duties as well as employers. This reflects the fact that for good safety management it is essential for the employer and employees to work together.

An employee's duties are to:

  • take reasonable care of the health and safety of themselves and of others who may be affected by what they do or do not do

  • cooperate with the employer on health and safety matters

  • not misuse any equipment that is provided for safety purposes (eg fire extinguishers or safety goggles)

  • follow instructions from the employer on health and safety matters and attend relevant health and safety training

  • report hazards and defects observed in the workplace.

Most school or college health and safety policies include these duties.

Need further advice?

Your first point of contact is your ATL rep in your school or college. Your local ATL branch is also available to help with queries, or you can contact ATL's member advisors on tel: 020 7930 6441 or email us. Please have your membership number to hand when telephoning and include it with any correspondence - this will help us to answer your query more quickly.

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