You have the right to be safe at work. Almost every worker, employer, and workplace in Ontario has to follow the safety rules in the Ontario Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The OHSA applies to employees, employers, and independent contractors. There... More
You have the right to know about anything dangerous in your workplace. The dangers could include equipment, situations, chemicals, or people. Your employer must give you the information, training, and supervision you need to do your job safely.... More
You have the right to give your ideas about the safety policies at your job. Health and safety representative If your workplace has between 6 and 19 workers, it must have a health and safety representative. This is someone who you and the other... More
You and your employer are both responsible for keeping your workplace safe. But, the law says that you have different responsibilities based on your roles. As a worker, you must: follow the safety policies in your workplace, unless they put you in... More
Health and safety representative If your workplace has between 6 and 19 workers, it must have a health and safety representative. This is someone who you and the other workers choose. They must be a worker, not a manager. Their role is to deal with... More
You can refuse to do a task your employer gives you if you think it's dangerous for you or someone else. It does not matter if other people did the task before and didn’t have an accident. You don't have to ask anyone for permission before you... More
Both the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Canada Labour Code say that your employer can't punish you because you ask them to follow safety rules. This applies if you complain to your employer about safety issues or ask them about... More
If someone at work is trying to make you afraid, uncomfortable, or angry, they may be harassing you. Workplace harassment is a series of comments or actions that the person knows you don't like. It can also include things they should know that you... More
Workplace violence is anything a person does because they want to hurt you or someone else at your job. It also includes: any time someone threatens to hurt another person, even if they don't act on it sexual violence or domestic violence, even if... More
If you or another worker makes a complaint about health and safety issues to the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry sends an inspector to your workplace to look at the situation and to make sure the rules are being followed. The inspector conducts an... More
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) says that your employer can't punish you because you ask them to follow safety rules. If you've been punished for asking about your rights or complaining about health and safety concerns, this is called... More
Before you have a hearing or consultation at the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), you must: Give your application to the OLRB. This is called "filing" your application. Work with a Labour Relations Officer to see if you and your employer can... More