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Each and every worker in Canada has three rights...

  1. The Right to Know
  2. The Right to Participate
  3. The Right to Refuse Dangerous Work

The Right to Know

All employees have a right to know what hazards are present on the job, and how these hazards can affect them. You usually learn about the hazards during health and safety training sessions and through on-the-job instructions. Learning about chemical safety through WHMIS - the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System - is also part of the "right to know" system.

The Right to Participate

All employees have a right to take part in health and safety activities. For example, you can be chosen to be a health and safety representative or a member of a committee. You also have a right to report unsafe practices and conditions without worrying that you will lose your job or be reprimanded (get in trouble).

The Right to Refuse Dangerous Work

All employees can refuse work that is dangerous to themselves or to co-workers. If you refuse work, there are specific procedures that must be followed. [More about...]

 

Don't be afraid to exercise your Rights!

Additional Resources

 

Keeping Young Workers Safe  

Special guest Len Hong, PCEO of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, discusses how employers can help young workers stay safe at work.

Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

My health and safety rights (WorkSmartOntario!)

WorkSmartOntario outlines your duties and responsibilities under the law to keep you safe and healthy at work. This website will answer any questions you have on your basic health and safety rights, duties and much more.

Source: Ministry of Labour

OH&S Legislation in Canada - Basic Responsibilities

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety explain details of the OH&S legislation and how the laws are enforced differently in each province across Canada.

Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety

 

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