Your Rights

At the workplace and across the province, the BCGEU is a leader in advocating for better health and safety rules. We work with the labour community to build public support for improved health and safety conditions.

Here are the four rights:

1. Right to know about workplace hazards

The Employer Must:

  • Ensure you are aware of known or foreseeable hazards
  • Inform you of your rights and duties
  • Provide you with information, instruction, training and supervision
  • Make a copy of the WCA and OHS regulations readily available.
  • Post WCB inspection reports and give the committee a copy
  • Provide the committee with information on:
    • Hazards in your workplace
    • Experience of other workplaces; and
    • WCB orders and penalties

 

Workplace Hazard
Say no to unsafe work

2. Right to refuse unsafe work

 

  • Section 3.12 of the WCB Occupational Health and Safety Regulations states that you have the right to refuse work you believe endangers your safety or those around you. You cannot be disciplined for refusing unsafe work
  • Tell your supervisor you will not continue the unsafe work. Your supervisor must conduct an investigation and decide if
    • the work is unsafe and changes will be made, or
    • the work is safe
  • If you still believe the work is unsafe, both you and the supervisor must call a WCB officer who must immediately investigate and issue any orders that are necessary
  • You may be reassigned to alternate work while this investigation proceeds
  • If the WCB officer says the work is safe, you must return to work

 

3. Right to participate in health and safety

You have the right:

  • To participate as a worker on the health and safety committee
  • To report OHS concerns to your supervisor and to your committee
  • To be consulted about OHS issues such as ergonomics and workplace violence

 

No Bullying
Say no to unsafe work

4. Right to no discrimination

An employer or union must not threaten or take action against you for:

  • Exercising a right or carrying out a duty under the WCA or OHS regulation
  • Giving OHS information to the employer, workers, union or the WCB
  • Timelines to file: 60 days if wages involved, 1 year otherwise