Safety on assignment

As an Adecco associate, you are our company's most important asset. Always exercise due care while working for Adecco. Most accidents can be prevented with proper caution, whether it’s an office or industrial environment.

Become familiar with each client’s safety procedures and equipment. All unsafe working conditions must be reported immediately to your Adecco Representative. Make safety a priority in the work environment.

Our responsibilities

We will allocate your assignments to match your skills and experience. As much as reasonably possible, we will do all we can to ensure you have a safe and healthy workplace with adequate supervision.

The company your assignment is with is responsible for your health and safety, while you are with them. We will make sure you are given information on safety procedures so that you can carry out your tasks safely. If there is something you do not understand, ask your Adecco Representative for clarification.

Your responsibilities

  • Take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and others while on assignment.
  • Make sure you familiarize yourself with the local emergency procedures.
  • Co-operate with your assignment company by following all safety rules and regulations.
  • Report any hazardous situations to your supervisor.
  • Do not undertake tasks you have not received training for or, that you feel are unsafe.
  • Make correct use of work equipment, machinery, substances and personal protective equipment.

Call Adecco immediately if... You are asked to perform a task that was not part of your initial job description. You believe that your working conditions are unsafe. You are injured while on assignment.

Reporting accidents

If you are involved in an on-assignment accident or near miss incident, it is important that you follow this procedure:

  • Report the incident no matter how minor, immediately to your on-site supervisor.
  • If required, obtain treatment for the injury from a first-aider or qualified medical practitioner.
  • Contact your Adecco branch as soon as possible following the incident.
  • Keep your Adecco branch informed of any after-effects of the incident, including periods of total or partial incapacity for work.

Remember... You should only undertake work after the appropriate training. Do not undertake any task that you believe is unsafe. If in doubt, stop work and ask for guidance from the supervisor or contact your Adecco Representative at the branch location.

General safety tips

  • Observe the company's safety rules.
  • Only operate work equipment that you are authorized and trained to use.
  • Do not open more than one drawer on a filing cabinet at a time.
  • Always close a drawer fully before opening another.
  • Ensure all filing cabinet drawers are closed before walking away.
  • Report defective office equipment and furniture to a manager or supervisor. Do not attempt to repair it yourself.
  • Always watch where you are walking and obey any restricted areas.
  • Note the position of Fire Exit routes.
  • Remember, all exits and particularly Fire Doors, must never be blocked, ensuring safe means of escape and avoiding injury.
  • Keep all work areas and floor clear of rubbish and stationery.

Ergonomic workstation tips

  • Sit fully back in the chair at your workstation and avoid slouching.

  • Adjust your backrest.
  • Remove obstructions around your workstation.
  • Organize your workstation before commencing work.
  • Adjust your seat height and use a footrest (if necessary).
  • Try to work with wrists straight when using a keyboard.
  • Adjust the screen angle of your computer monitor, so that your eye level is just above the top of the screen.
  • Keep all work areas and floor clear of rubbish and stationery.

Lifting and carrying tips

  • Only lift or carry what you can easily manage.
  • Get help with anything that you think might be too heavy or awkward to manage on your own.
  • Use trolleys, wheelbarrows, or other appropriate lifting equipment, if these are available.
  • Make sure you can clearly see where you are going.
  • Use your whole hand to hold equipment and other items, not just your fingers.
  • If the load is uneven, make sure the heaviest part is closest to your body.
  • Bend you knees and keep your back straight.
  • Straighten your knees to stand.

Protective clothing and equipment

Protective clothing and equipment are essential to protect and keep you safe while you work. Please make sure you know how to wear or use it correctly. Please look after these items. If they need to be replaced, inform your on-site supervisor immediately.