Safety roles and responsibilities

Last updated: May 10, 2021

From deputy ministers to supervisors to front-line staff, we are all workers. We all have safety rights and responsibilities.

Contribute to a safe workplace by following safe work procedures, reporting unsafe conditions or incidents, and being prepared to respond to a workplace injury or emergency.

These are your roles and responsibilities:

  • Understand your workplace health and safety requirements
  • Inspect equipment and the workplace regularly
  • Be alert for hazards
  • Report unsafe work practices and conditions to your supervisor right away
  • Report accidents, near misses, injuries and illnesses to your supervisor right away
  • Follow safe work practices and procedures
  • Cooperate with others to promote occupational safety and health

Safety rights

All workers have three safety rights:

The right to know

You have a right to know what hazards are present in the workplace, and to be given the information, training and supervision you need to protect yourself.

The right to participate

You have a right to participate in keeping your workplace healthy and safe. This may include selecting or being a health and safety representative or committee member. You also have a right to report unsafe conditions and practices.

The right to refuse unsafe work

You can refuse work that you think could be dangerous to yourself or your co-workers. Read about how to refuse unsafe work.