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Rights and responsibilities – Workers

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets out specific duties for workers.

Workers must take every reasonable precaution to protect their health and safety and the health and safety of others in the workplace. Some of their duties include:

complying with the act and regulations
working safely and using equipment and protective devices properly
not using or operating any equipment or working in a way that may endanger any worker
not removing or disabling any protective device required by the employer or the regulations
reporting to the employer or supervisor anything in the workplace that may be dangerous, including any missing or defective equipment or protective devices, workplace hazards, and/or violations of the act
if the situation is not remedied to the worker’s satisfaction, reporting the concern to the health and safety committee or health and safety representative and, if the situation is still not resolved, to the nearest Ministry of Labour office

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Learn about a worker’s 4 basic health and safety rights.

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