Employee Occupational Health and Safety Legislation
All employees have rights under Occupational Health & Safety legislation.
These laws are designed to protect workers from an extremely wide range of unsafe and unhealthy work conditions—from heavy machinery, to toxic chemicals, to workplace violence and sexual harassment. These laws are also designed to stop workplace harassment and workplace violence. No employee should have to sacrifice their health or their safety in order to do a job.
What can I do about occupational health and safety issues?
If you think that your health and safety in the workplace is at risk, the first step is usually to talk to your employer. Your employer is supposed to be the first line of defence against occupational health and safety risks for all employees. Employers are required to provide their staff with information about handling dangerous materials, dangerous equipment, violence, and harassment in the workplace.
Additionally, you can take steps to protect your own occupational health and safety rights, for example, by complaining to your employer. You also have a right to refuse unsafe work.
What if my complaint is not well-received?
Employers can be sanctioned for failing to ensure a healthy and safe workplace. In Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board deals with complaints under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which outlines the rights of workers and the responsibilities of all workplace staff to ensure a safe environment.
If you are fired as a result of your complaint to your employer about occupational health and safety issues, this is known as a reprisal. Reprisals are illegal. If your employer has committed a reprisal against you, you can either sue them for wrongful dismissal or file a complaint under occupational health and safety legislation. Talk to our Levitt LLP employment lawyers so we can determine your course of action.
What if I am hurt on the job?
Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act covers almost every employee, employer, and workplace as well as material and equipment suppliers to workplaces in the region.
If you are hurt on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Additionally, if your employer is at fault for occupational health and safety violations, you may be able to sue them for damages.
What can the employment lawyers at Levitt LLP do for me?
Levitt LLP’s lawyers are experts in employment law in Toronto, the GTA, and across Canada. Our employment lawyers are trusted specialists who work with employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees, and we can help you recover from your employer’s violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in Ontario.
Our employment lawyers can help clarify occupational health and safety and explain what constitutes a “hazard,” a “dangerous condition”, “violence” or “harassment” under the law.
Each situation is unique, so schedule a consultation today with one of our employment lawyers in Toronto, the GTA or across Canada to learn about your options.
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