The job market is very competitive right now and many folks are so happy to be granted an interview that they forget to ask questions that apply to their own wellbeing and safety in the job they are applying for. During the interview, we are usually too nervous to think about many of the things that we are going to be expected to do. Try to use the interview as an opportunity to see if you feel that this is the right place for you, and if you will be comfortable working there. From WorkSmart Ontario, and the Ontario Ministry of Labour, here are some excellent questions for applicants and new hires. Listen and pay attention to things that they describe during the interview. When hired, pay special attention during orientation, and ask:
- Will I receive safety training on the job? When? (Safety training should begin on the first day, not several days after you start).
- If I am working with chemicals, will I get hazardous materials training before I start working with chemicals?
- Does the employer provide the equipment and safety gear? Will I get training on how to wear it properly and make sure it’s in good condition?
- Will I be taught emergency procedures and first aid locations?
- Where are the company safety rules?
- Is my regular supervisor the one I should ask if I have other questions about the job?
- Find out about specific hazards in the job and what steps have been taken to keep workers safe.
Remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question, especially when you’re asking how to do a job that you’ve never done before. ASK until you’re out of questions to ensure that you are totally clear on the task that needs to be done and how to do it. Another important thing to remember: follow the rules. Laws have been created to protect you, and your employer provides you with workplace policies and procedures you must follow. Do not fool around. Horseplay at work may seem like fun for some people, but it can be extremely dangerous. It’s against the law, too. At work, the rules that are in place are to protect you and others from injury and potential death.
We will continue tomorrow with more ways on when and how you should talk to your boss.