Young Workers: Your Rights and Responsibilities
Has anyone ever asked you to do something that you felt uncomfortable doing? Have you ever felt intimidated because you were new to a workplace? Being new on the job is hard, and learning to speak up for your rights as a worker can sometimes be difficult; but no paycheque is worth getting hurt for. You need to make sure you stay safe and get home in one piece---no matter what. Take the initiative to know what your rights and responsibilities are, and how to stay safe in the workplace.
What are your RIGHTS as a worker?
- You have the right to KNOW:
- To know what hazards are present on the job and how these hazards can affect you
- To learn about chemical safety through WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)
- To receive information, instruction, and training about safe work procedures
- You have the right to BE OUTFITTED with equipment and safety gear required to do the job safely.
- You have the right to SPEAK UP.
- You have the right to report unsafe practices and conditions without worrying that you will lose your job or get in trouble.
- All workers have the right to participate in workplace health and safety activities. For example, you can be chosen to be a health and safety representative or a member of a committee.
- You have the right to REFUSE.
- You can refuse to do tasks and to work in conditions you think are unsafe, without being fired or being disciplined for refusing.
- You have the right to be supervised to make sure you are working without unnecessary risk to yourself or others.
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What are your RESPONSIBILITIES as a worker?
- You should know and follow your workplace's health and safety requirements, and encourage co-workers to do the same.
- If you don't know how to do something safely, ask for training before you begin work.
- Cooperate with the joint committee or worker health and safety representative, WorkSafeBC prevention officers, and any other person carrying out occupational health and safety duties.
- Be alert to hazards, and immediately report hazards or problems to the supervisor or employer.
- Immediately report an unsafe situation to your supervisor or employer.
- Use the protective clothing, devices, and equipment provided and find out what protective clothing you need to get for yourself.
- Refuse to do work you believe would pose a hazard to anyone's health and safety.