|5.2 Identify workplace health and safety rights and responsibilities of employers, managers, supervisors, and workers. (e.g. due diligence, right to refuse)
5.2 Identify workplace health and safety rights and responsibilities of employers, managers, supervisors, and workers.
This lesson identifies workplace health and safety rights and responsibilities of employers, managers, supervisors, and workers.
- identify and articulate the definition of due diligence and the right to refuse work is a right that is not to be taken lightly
- role play and verbally describe the rights and responsibilities for employers, supervisors and workers in creating a safe workplace
- video presentation
- in-class discussion
- role play
INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS AND RESOURCES
- Effective Health and Safety Programs: The key to a safe workplace and due diligence pamphlet
- Due Diligence video (VHS & DVD available)
- Rights and Responsibilities role-play handout
INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN #1
**Instructor's Note: another potential approach to this topic other than role-playing is the 4-quadrant chart
- If time permits show video as an excellent definition of the term Due Diligence
- Show video and/or refer students to Effective Health and Safety Programs: The key to a safe workplace and due diligence pamphlet
- After the video discuss the definition of due diligence and the right to refuse work is a right that is not to be taken lightly
- Create and distribute the Rights and Responsibilities Role Play handout or put the role plays on a white board
Create role-play handouts using the following three scenarios:
- Scenario One: A part-time worker at a fast food restaurant is required to follow closing duties protocol and take out the heavy garbage after mopping the floor. The worker is concerned that this is dangerous and wants to ask the supervisor to arrange for someone to help or change the closing duties protocol.
- Scenario Two: In a very busy restaurant, a worker clears dishes from tables and must use rubber bins to carry the dirty dishes from the tables to the dishwasher. The bins are old and it is difficult to hold onto the rims.
- Scenario Three: A worker in a delicatessen uses a large meat slicer and notices that after telling the store owner the safety guard is broken over a week ago, the safety guard has not been fixed.
- Invite six students to volunteer to participate in the three role plays using the three scenarios where a worker must refuse unsafe work and communicate their concerns to a supervisor
- Instruct the pairs to read the scenario but not discuss their roles and with each other
- Following the role play, ask students to consider how they would handle a situation that involved unsafe work practices. What would they do? Why?
- Discuss how effective the worker was in expressing his/her safety concerns, how the employer responded to those concerns. Ask what the students would do if faced with similar situations in their workplace.
INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN #2
- Show the video
- Create four quadrants on white board, chalk board, handout, or flip chart outlining worker rights and responsibilities in the top two quadrants and employers rights and responsibilities in the bottom two quadrants
- Introduce rights and responsibilities.
- Describe the scenario: It's your first day on the job as a line cook at XYZ Restaurant:
- What do you have the right to expect from your employer regarding safety in the workplace?
- What responsibilities do you have to work safely and maintain a safe working environment?
- What does your employer have the right to expect from you regarding safety in the workplace?
- What responsibilities does your employer have to maintain a safe working environment?
- Ask students to define what they have the right to expect of employers and what employers have the right to expect of workers. Ask them to identify who is responsible for the suggested expectations.
- Divide the class into small working groups and ask them to identify and fill in the 4-quadrant chart
- Have each group present their ideas back to the class