Eight workplace safety responsibilities for restaurant employees and restaurant managers

By Carola Hicks

Ensure that each employee has received an initial orientation before beginning work and that the orientation is documented.Here is a useful summary of the responsibilities that employers and employees share for a safe workplace. It may be referred to as the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) whereby, everyone is responsible for health and safety. This can be shared with new employees during their initial orientation and/or used at staff meetings to reinforce the safety message.

Supervisor responsibilities:

  1. Ensure that each employee is competent or receives training on safe operation of specific equipment or tasks before starting work on that project or equipment.
  2. Ensure that each employee has been issued required personal protective equipment (PPE) before starting work on a project requiring PPE.
  3. Complete a daily walk around safety check of the work area and promptly take corrective action for any identified hazards.
  4. Periodically observe work performance of employees for compliance with safety requirements. Provide training and take corrective action as necessary. Document employee evaluations.
  5. Set a good example for employees by following established safety rules and attending required training.
  6. Complete a preliminary investigation of all accidents and report findings to management and authorities as required by law.
  7. Provide information to management suggesting changes to work practices or equipment that will improve employee safety.

Employee responsibilities:

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