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,
- 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.