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Guide: How to refuse unsafe work

It is your right to refuse unsafe work, but it is important to follow the proper steps to ensure the situation gets resolved correctly. Follow this simple guide to report and resolve unsafe work.

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Steps to refuse unsafe work
  1. Tell your supervisor immediately about the unsafe work, and explain why you believe it to be unsafe. Tell them that you are exercising your right to refuse unsafe work under Section 3.12 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Your supervisor may assign you to other work.
  2. Your supervisor must investigate the situation immediately. If they agree that the work is unsafe they must fix the problem.
  3. If your supervisor disagrees that the work is unsafe then the supervisor, a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee worker, and you will investigate the problem together.
  4. If there is agreement that the work is unsafe, then it must be dealt with as quickly as possible.
  5. If there is no agreement that the work is unsafe, and you still believe it is, then both you and the supervisor must notify an officer from WorkSafeBC. The officer must investigate the matter without undue delay and issue orders if necessary.

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