Personal Safety - Your Responsibility
We often hear these days about ‘who is to blame’ for something going wrong or someone being hurt. It might be the fault of the Government who should pass a law about it, the person who stopped too suddenly so you went into the back of them, the piece of equipment that was not properly maintained, but at the end of the day the person ultimately responsible for your own personal safety is you.
All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled and under health and safety law the primary responsibility for this is down to employers. However, workers have a duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions at work. They must co-operate with employers and co-workers to help everyone meet their legal requirements. At the end of the day it is down to the individual to implement what they have learned and to follow the procedures their employer has laid down to control risks.
When staff are pushed for time, overloaded with work and under pressure, it can be tempting to cut corners and not perform a task as they have been trained to do, safely. Individuals make everyday decisions about the tasks they perform and their decisions can directly reduce or increase the risk to themselves and others.
Using lone working as an example, we all make choices in the course of our work – the route we take, where we park, when we ask for help, which can all impact on the level of risk we place ourselves in. If you know you are visiting someone who has a history of verbal or physical assault, you have a responsiblity to implement the risk control procedures your organisation will have laid down, such as advising someone where you are going and when you expect to be back, asking for someone to accompany you, changing the time of the visit, using emergency code words or speaking to your manager to explain your concerns.
If you have had conflict management training, only you can decide if you feel it has equipped you to manage the situation safely.
By taking responsibility for your own safety and working with your employer you can significantly increase your awareness and engagement, leading to a safer and more positive working environment.
The key worker responsibilities for health and safety at work are:
- to take reasonable care not to put other people - fellow employees and members of the public - at risk by what you do or don't do in the course of your work
- to co-operate with your employer, to make sure you get proper training and that you understand and follow the company's health and safety policies
- follow the training you have received when using any work items your employer has given you
- not to interfere with or misuse anything that's been provided for your health, safety or welfare
- to report any injuries, strains or illnesses you suffer as a result of doing your job, your employer may need to change the way you work
- to tell your employer if something happens that might affect your ability to work, like becoming pregnant or suffering an injury. Your employer does of course also have a legal responsibility for your health and safety and they need to know about something before they can find a solution
- to tell someone (your employer, supervisor, or health and safety representative) if you think the work or inadequate precautions are putting anyone’s health and safety at serious risk.
Health and Safety Law, What you Need to Know
nidirect.gov.uk Employees Health and Safety Responsibilities
See also: Lone Worker Safety
Posted by Maybo on March 7, 2016
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The following statements of rights and responsibilities are not viewed as a final accomplishment of a completed institution, but rather as themes of a direction for a growing and changing educational environment.
Students enjoy the same basic rights and are bound by the same responsibilities to respect the rights of others, as are all citizens. Saint Augustine’s University considers individuals as students upon receipt of a deposit for admission.
1. The student as a citizen has the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, freedom of political beliefs and freedom from personal force and violence, threats of violence and personal abuse.
2. The student as a citizen has a right to be considered equally for admission to, employment by and promotion within the campus in accordance with the provisions against discrimination in the general law.
3. Saint Augustine’s University is no sanctuary from the general law; furthermore, the campus is a community of growth and fulfillment for all rather than a setting described in the concept of in loco parentis.
All students have other responsibilities and rights based on the nature of the educational process and requirements of the search for truth and its free presentation. These rights and responsibilities include the following:
1. Each student has the freedom, dependent on level of competence, to teach, learn and conduct research and publish findings in the spirit of free inquiry.
2. Each student has the right to pursue normal curricular and co curricular activities, including freedom of movement.
3. Students have the right to expect that their student records contain only information that is reasonably related to the educational purposes or to the health and safety of the individual or others. Furthermore, it is assumed that the student has the right to protection from unauthorized disclosure of confidential material contained in University records.
4. Students have the right to reasonable and impartially applied regulations, designed to reflect the educational purposes of the institution and to protect the safety of the campus.
5. Students have the right to recourse if another member of the campus is negligent or irresponsible in the performance of his or her responsibilities, or if another member of the campus represents the work of others as his or her own.
6. Students who hold opinions about basic policy matters of direct concern to them have the right to have their concerns heard and considered at appropriate levels of the decision-making process. It should be noted that students who have a continuing association with the institution and who have substantial influence have an especially strong obligation to maintain an environment supportive of the rights of others.
7. Student have the responsibility to act in a manner that is conducive to learning by being prepared, prompt, attentive and courteous in all academic settings (including classrooms, laboratories, libraries, advising centers, departmental and faculty offices, etc.) and complying with requests made by a faculty or staff member in an academic setting.
All Saint Augustine’s University students share the following responsibilities:
- To read, comprehend and adhere to the Code.
- To respect personal and property rights of others, and to act in a responsible manner at all times, on or off campus.
- To protect and foster the intellectual, academic, research, cultural, and social missions of the University and
- To observe the laws of local, state and federal governments and agencies.
The responsibility of students for academic achievement is specified in the University catalog. Student grievances over this responsibility are resolved through academic rather than judicial system proceedings. Complaints involving grades, plagiarism, cheating or other academic issues are also resolved through academic proceedings, which can be found in the University catalog and academic departments. The ruling of the administrator responsible for reviewing academic dishonesty of any kind may refer the case to the Judicial Administrator if suspension or expulsion is indicated. Each referred case will be adjudicated in accordance with the appropriate judicial process.
Disputes over the amounts owed by the student to the University for tuition, room and board, financial aid or other charges are not subject to this Student Judicial Code of Conduct and are resolved through administrative and if necessary, the legal process.
Organized Group Responsibilities
Policies and regulations which relate to the responsibilities of fraternities, sororities, registered student organizations and other groups are established by the agencies, which register, accept or charter such groups. As a condition of being recognized by the University, all such groups and their officers and members are responsible for conforming to this Student Code of Conduct.
Generally, matters or disputes arising out of an employment relationship between a student and the University are handled through the University’s Department of Human Resources.