Three Fundamental Rights of Workers

Workers in Ontario have 3 fundamental rights afforded to them under the OHSA:

The Right to Know

  • Workers have the right to know about the hazards they face in their workplace.

  • Workers have the right to obtain information relating to health and safety matters affecting their workplace.

  • Workers have the right to be provided with instruction and supervision to protect their safety in the workplace.

The Right to Participate

  • Workers have the right to participate in the identification of known and potential hazards in their workplace through the JHSC.

  • Workers have the right to make recommendations to the employer to remedy known and potential hazards through the JHSC.

The Right to Refuse