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What you should know:

  • Your safety, health and welfare at work are protected by law.
  • Your employer has a duty to protect you and keep you informed about safety and health.
  • You have a responsibility to look after yourself and others
  • If there is a problem, you should discuss it with your employer, safety and health committee or safety representative, if there is one.
  • Safety and Health Inspectors can give advice on how to comply with the law. They also have powers to enforce it.
  • Your employer has a duty under the law to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, your safety, health and welfare at work.

As an employee you also have legal duties that include:

  • Taking reasonable care for your own safety and health and that of others who may be affected by what you do or do not do.
  • Co-operating with your employer on safety and health issues.
  • Correctly using work items provided by your employer, including personal protective equipment, in accordance with training or instructions.
  • Not interfering with or misusing anything provided for your safety, health and welfare.
  • Ensuring that you are not under the influence of an intoxicant (alcohol, narcotic, etc.) so as to endanger your own safety, health or welfare or that of any other person.

As an employee, you have the right to refuse unsafe work

  • You are exposed to imminent danger.
  • If you think there exists a safety and health risk in your workplace. However, you should first discuss it with your employer, supervisor or manager and with your Safety and Health Committee, or the safety representative.
  • If you think your employer is exposing you to safety and health risks, or is not carrying out legal duties as required under the OSH Act. An employee can contact the Occupational Safety and Health Agency at 623-OSHA for advice or guidance.

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