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Employees:
Know your rights

Under Alberta's legislation, you have the right to a safe and healthy workplace. Learn about your rights on site to protect yourself and your crew from unsafe working conditions.


 


As a worker, you have 3 fundamental rights under Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act:

  The Right to Know

You have the right to know about workplace hazards and to have access to health and safety information on your worksite. Under the OHS Act, your employer is responsible for:

  • Performing a worksite hazard assessment.
  • Eliminating or controlling hazards on the worksite. Your employer must also provide you with information about those controls and any relevant work practices and procedures.
  • Ensuring you have the skills and training required to do your work safely.

  The Right to Participate

You have the right to be involved in health and safety discussions, and to participate in decision-making processes concerning matters that affect your health and safety at work. Under the OHS Act, your employer is responsible for:

  • Involving workers when assessing hazards on the worksite and in health and safety discussions.
  • Investigating any health and safety incidents.
  • Responding to reports of dangerous work situations.

  The Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

It is a workers right to refuse unsafe work. You have the right to refuse work if you have reasonable grounds to believe that it puts you or your crew in harm's way. While it's up to you to promptly report your refusal and the reasons for it to your employer or supervisor, your employer is responsible for:

  • Investigating and eliminating the danger.
  • Ensuring you're paid the same wages and benefits, without penalty.
  • Assigning you to other work until the problem has been investigated and fixed or assigning someone else to do the work if they determine that no danger exists. They must advise other workers of the refusal and the reason for it, and they must make those workers aware of their own right to refuse the work.
  • Fixing the dangerous condition immediately or preparing a written report of your refusal to work, their investigation, and any actions taken. Your employer must provide you with a copy of the report and provide a copy to the health and safety committee or representative, if one exists. The report can't contain any personal information about the worker
If your employer doesn't agree that there's a danger, or if you can't agree on a way to eliminate the danger, consider consulting with your health and safety committee or representative. If this isn't an option or you can't resolve the issue, contact the Alberta OHS Contact Centre.

Remember that the OHS Act protects you from any form of retaliation or disciplinary action for exercising your right to reporting unsafe work practices including termination, layoff, demotion, transfer, withholding wages, or change in job location. Learn more about your rights by visiting the OHS services and information hub.

If you feel unsafe, say something

You have the right to voice your concerns and remove yourself from an unsafe worksite.

You also have the responsibility to ensure you take all necessary safety precautions when you work around electricity. Accidents can happen on the safest work sites when employees don't do their part to keep everyone safe.

Know your employer's responsibilities

 


Disclaimer

This webpage provides information regarding safe work practices in relation to EPCOR power facilities. Employers and contractors have responsibilities under the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (Alberta OHS) Act, Code, and Regulation. When there is a conflict between this document and any bylaws, legislation, or regulation, the relevant law prevails. Any reliance placed on this information is strictly at your own risk. EPCOR does not assume any responsibility or liability for any action, loss or damage that arises out of, or is in connection with the information contained in this webpage.