Report unsafe work

Report unsafe work

If you think an unsafe work condition exists, but are not in imminent danger, you must report it to your employer to determine the next steps.

 

What’s important to know

A worker who believes that an unsafe or harmful work site condition or act exists or has occurred must report it to the employer.

How it works

If you think something at your workplace is unsafe for you or other workers, you must:

  1. Tell your employer. Your employer is responsible for looking into your concern.
  2. If your concern is not addressed, then take the problem to your health and safety committee – if there is one at your workplace.
  3. If there is no committee, or if you are still not satisfied, you should contact the OHS Contact Centre and ask someone to look into the problem. Anyone has the right to call, whether directly involved in the work or not. It’s better if you identify yourself, but even if you don’t, your complaint will be followed up.

Also:

  • you can’t be dismissed or disciplined for following the rules of the OHS law

Workers on provincially regulated work sites must not carry out any work they reasonably think will put either themselves or other workers in imminent danger. Asking a worker to work in a situation of imminent danger is against the law.

Worker responsibility

As a worker you must immediately tell your employer about any hazards in the workplace.

The law requires you to work safely and co-operate with your employer by following the health and safety rules for the job. The rules have specific requirements that you must follow including using safety equipment when doing certain kinds of work or use personal protective equipment such as footwear, eyewear, headwear and hearing protection.

Employer responsibility

As an employer, you must do everything you reasonably can to protect the health and safety of your workers. Where a worker reports an unsafe situation, you must take necessary corrective action in a timely manner.

In general, you must do a hazard assessment of your work site followed by appropriate measures to deal with the hazards.

In addition, you must ensure that all workers who may be affected by the hazards are familiar with the necessary health and safety measures or procedures before the work begins.

If you have questions about how to handle a job you think is unsafe, call the OHS Contact Centre.

 

In case of any inconsistency between this information and the OHS Act, Regulation, Code, the legislation will always prevail.

Created:
Modified: 2016-02-16
PID: 15337