Steps to Refuse Unsafe Work

Every worker has the right to a safe workplace, but they also have responsibilities to keep their own workplaces safe.

Worker Rights:

  1. The right to know about hazards in your workplace and how to deal with them.
    • What hazards exist on the worksite? What are the safety procedures that reduce risk of injury? Where are the emergency supplies? What are the emergency procedures?
    • You have the right to know the answers to these questions BEFORE you start working.
    • You have a right to know how to do your work safely and properly.
    • Your supervisor must make sure you know all the hazards on a worksite, and how to deal with them.
    • You have the right and the responsibility to receive proper training to manage any risks of getting hurt.
  2. The right to participate in making your workplace safe.
    • See something unsafe at your workplace? Have suggestions on how to make your workplace safer? Concerned about your health and safety, or a coworker's? Tell your supervisor. You have the right to participate in ensuring your workplace is safe.
    • At a smaller workplace, you can become the Safety Representative. At a larger workplace, you can join the OHS Committee as a worker representative.
  3. The right to refuse unsafe work.
    • Don't do any work if you are not sure how to do it safely and properly.
    • If your work situation puts you or others in unusual danger*, you have the right to refuse that work. Tell your supervisor.

Step 1

Stop work and report immediately to your supervisor


Step 2

Investigation begins immediately with you, your supervisor, and another worker.


Step 3

You have the right to have a union representative, OHS member, or a co-worker of your choosing, present with you during the investigation.


Step 4

You have the right to watch the investigation from a safe place.


Step 5

Your supervisor notifies you of the investigation results and the steps taken to correct the danger.


Step 6

You agree and return to work or


Step 7

If you believe the unusual danger still exists, notify the WSCC to investigate further.