No one knows a workplace better than the people who work in it. As an employee, you have a key role to play in preventing work-related injuries and diseases. First, you have to be careful and take the necessary precautions to ensure your own health and safety and that of any colleagues who may be affected by your work or activities.
- you enjoy rights under the Code: the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse dangerous work.
- you also have duties with respect to your health and safety and that of your colleagues.
- if you are pregnant or nursing, find out about your rights
Right to participate
As health and safety representatives or workplace health and safety committee or policy health and safety committee members, employees have the right to participate in identifying and correcting work-related health and safety concerns.
Employers with 300 or more employees are required to establish a policy health and safety committee. The purpose of the committee is to handle issues that are organization-wide in nature.
Right to refuse
You have the right to refuse to work if you have reasonable cause to believe that:
- your workplace presents a danger to you;
- the use or operation of a machine or apparatus presents a danger to you or to another employee; and
- the performance of an activity constitutes a danger to you or to another employee.
In order for you to be protected by the Code when exercising your right to refuse to do dangerous work, you must follow the proper procedure. For information on this procedure and other aspects of the right to refuse dangerous work, see Right to refuse dangerous work
Source: Government of Canada