Q: What are my rights?

A: As a worker, you have three rights: the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse work.

1. The Right to Know

  • As a worker, you have a right to know about what hazards exist in the workplace
  • You have the right to be provided with:
    • correct information, 
    • training,
    • supervision required to protect yourself from workplace hazards

2. The Right to Participate

  • As a worker, you have a right to participate in keeping your workplace safe
  • How can you do this? 
    • Selecting or being a Health and Safety Representative or Committee Member 
    • Reporting unsafe workplace conditions and practices 

3. The Right to Refuse

  • As a worker, you have the right to refuse work which you believe to be dangerous 
  • Follow the proper procedure when you exercise your right to refuse work 

Know your rights!

Did you know? 

The Ministry of Labour in Ontario has a Toll-Free number which can be used to report workplace health and safety incidents, critical injuries, fatalities, work refusal or unsafe work practices. 

Health and Safety Contact Centre:  1-877-202-0008

The number operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

For more information on your rights as a worker, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.