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Worker Safety Awareness Training and Information


Welcome to the Health & Safety Ontario website.  In Ontario, workplaces are governed by the Occupational Health & Safety Act. Health and safety in Ontario is anchored on the principle of each of us doing our part to keep the workplace free of accidents and illness.

This means that we all have certain rights:

  • the right to know about the hazards we may or do come into contact with and are given the knowledge about how to work with them safely
  • the right to refuse work that we believe is unsafe and could cause harm to ourselves or others and
  • the right to participate in workplace health and safety activities, like the joint health and safety committee.

Along with those rights, come some responsibilities. These include:

  • work safely - don't take risks; you might injure yourself or another worker
  • report unsafe conditions - if you see anything that looks unsafe, tell your supervisor or employer right away; don't wait until someone gets hurt
  • wear the right safety equipment for the job - wear your protective gear and equipment; get trained on how to use it properly
  • ask your employer first - your employer needs to know your concerns and questions about health and safety issues, and to take the necessary measures to avoid injuries

What to do if you're injured at work

  1. If you require first aid, seek it immediately
  2. Tell your employer or supervisor about your injury

Employers must:

  • Arrange and pay for transportation so that the worker can get medical care if required
  • Report the injury to the WSIB within three days if it involves:
    • Health care treatment
    • Time away from work or
    • Lost wages
  • Pay an injured workers wages for the day of the injury