Whether you just started your first job, a summer job, or an internship, there are tons of questions you might, and should have, about workplace safety. So, we’re here to answer some of the more important and popular ones below.
You can also notify the Ministry of Labour about workplace fatalities, critical injuries, work refusals, unfair punishments and unsafe work practices by calling 1-877-202-0008.
If it’s an emergency, always call 9-1-1 immediately.
Visit the WSIB website to check on the safety of Ontario businesses. You can find out how safe your job is by looking at the number of injuries a business has in a year, the leading types of injures for that workplace and much more.
Don’t panic. Don’t Instagram. Do the following:
GET MEDICAL HELP
Your workplace is responsible for providing first aid. Go to the doctor or hospital if you need treatment – your boss is also required to pay for your transportation.
TELL YOUR BOSS
Tell your boss or supervisor about your injury or illness. They will investigate and keep a record of what happened.
REPORT TO THE WSIB
Your boss or company must tell us within three days if an injury or illness happens. You can report it by submitting the Worker’s Report of Injury/Illness (form 6).
We work with you and your company to help you recover and return to work safely and at the right time.
We get it. Talking to your kid can be hard because, well… they’re a kid. But workplace safety is something worth talking about. So, we’ve put together list of questions you can ask to get the conversation started, get your kid thinking about workplace safety, and help them stay safe at work.
Questions to ask your kid:
- Tell me about the equipment you work with or on?
- Is there anything dangerous that can hurt you?
- Is all the proper guarding on equipment?
- Have you heard any stories about people getting injured or harassed?
- Do people treat each other well?
- Do your boss and company take safety seriously?
- Do they make sure all the equipment is in good repair?
- Do things get fixed when they’re broken?
- Have you ever been asked to do anything you thought was unsafe?
- Has anyone ever made you feel uncomfortable in any way?
- Every employee has three basic rights given to them by The Occupational Health and Safety Act. The right to know the hazards in your job. The right to participate in keeping your workplace healthy and safe. The right to refuse unsafe work if you believe your job is likely to endanger you.
- Do you know the 3 basic rights?
- What would you do if you were asked to do something you thought was unsafe?
- Is there someone to talk to if you feel a job isn’t safe?
- Are you concerned you might get fired if you don’t do jobs you think could be dangerous?
- Do you know you can’t get fired if you refuse to do a task because you’re afraid you might get hurt?
- Do you know you’re allowed to refuse unsafe work, and your boss can’t get you in trouble for it?