Are you under 25? Eager to work? New to the work force? Or maybe you’ve already had experience in prior years with a series of summer jobs, temp jobs, or a combination of part time work. Before you start a new job, realize that you as a worker are protected, in Canada, by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
It’s a lengthy read and covers a lot of ground in regulations pertaining to different scopes of work from industrial to construction. One of the most important pieces of information that the Act provides are the three essential rights provided to workers, any worker in Ontario, or Canada. These are:
- The right to know about hazards in your workplace and how to protect your health and safety
- Participate in workplace health and safety concerns
- Refuse unsafe work.
For more information, and further details on your rights as a worker going into a new job, visit the Ministry of Labour’s website which provides a lot of information, regardless of where you work and what job.