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Your Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

You are required to refuse work that you believe is likely to harm you or someone else.

  • Report any health and safety issues to your supervisor or employer
  • They must immediately investigate and fix the problem or inform you if they don’t think that there is a problem
  • If you still believe there is a problem, continue to refuse work. The Supervisor is required to continue to investigate with you and another worker (from the H&S Committee, the union or a person of your choice).
  • If there is no resolution continue to refuse the work. Both you and the employer must contact WorkSafeBC for further investigation

You cannot be fired for refusing unsafe work.

For further details on refusing unsafe work, refer to the WorkSafeBC OHS Regulation 3.12 – “Refusal of Unsafe Work”

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