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What are my rights and responsibilities as a worker or employer under occupational health and safety legislation?

March 01, 20231 min read

As per WorkSafeBC, workers have the right to a healthy and safe workplace, the right to refuse unsafe work, the right to participate in workplace health and safety activities, and the right to know about workplace hazards and how to protect themselves.

Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace, including developing and implementing health and safety programs and policies, providing appropriate training and supervision, and ensuring that workers are aware of potential hazards and how to control them. Employers also have a responsibility to investigate workplace incidents and to take corrective action to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.


As a worker, your rights and responsibilities under occupational health and safety legislation include:

  1. The right to know about potential hazards in the workplace

  2. The right to participate in identifying and controlling workplace hazards

  3. The right to refuse unsafe work

  4. The responsibility to work safely and follow workplace health and safety rules and procedures

  5. The responsibility to report any unsafe work conditions or incidents to your employer or supervisor

As an employer, your rights and responsibilities under occupational health and safety legislation include:

  1. The responsibility to provide a safe workplace and take every reasonable precaution to protect workers from hazards

  2. The responsibility to ensure that workers are properly trained on safe work practices and procedures

  3. The responsibility to provide personal protective equipment and ensure that it is being used correctly

  4. The responsibility to investigate and report workplace incidents and near misses

  5. The responsibility to comply with occupational health and safety regulations and standards.

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Erwin Caguiat

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