Youths

Getting Help at Work

You've informed your supervisor that you've got a safety concern. You might even be exercising your right to refuse dangerous work.

But the issue has not been resolved.

Here's what you do:

  • If you feel that you're at risk of being injured, don't be tempted or bullied into doing the job by your supervisor. You and your job are protected by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Your employer can't discriminate against you for exercising your rights.
  • If your company has a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC), or a health and safety representative, report the problem and your reasons for refusing work to them. JHSC's have members who are there strictly to protect your rights, and they can conduct a "right to refuse" investigation. Someone from the committee can promptly investigate the situation and, if necessary, recommend appropriate action to fix the problem.
  • If your employer doesn't have a JHSC or health and safety representative, or if your concern is still not resolved, call WorkSafeNB at 1 800 222-9775 and explain the situation. No question or concern is too small – we are here to help you! Your call is confidential and free.

Only do the job when you feel that the situation is no longer dangerous. In all cases, stay on the job-site until your shift is finished.

Here's the thing – don't ignore the little voice that tells you something's not right, and don't be afraid to speak up and contact someone about it. Your life, or someone else's, could be on the line.

 

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