All workers in Ontario have core rights. These rights form the basis of the occupational health and safety system in Ontario.
- The right to know about hazards (either actual or potential) that the worker may encounter in the work activities.
- The right to participate; for example, as a member of the health and safety committee, or to become a certified member, etc.
- The right to refuse work that the worker believes may endanger him/herself or another worker.
Additionally, reprisals on the part of the employer for enacting any of these rights are prohibited by law. An example of a reprisal could include disciplinary action (suspension, penalties, etc.), intimidation, threats of dismissal, etc. If a reprisal is believed to have occurred, contact Risk Management.
This online session will focus more on the right to participate, the right to refuse unsafe work and the associated processes.