Your right to a safe workplace

Every employee has the right to work in a safe environment. WorkSafeBC (formerly the Workers’ Compensation Board) requires employers to protect the health and safety of their workers and the occupational environment. That includes air quality, lighting, exposure to infectious or toxic areas, and other hazards.

Under these regulations, employees have the specific right to information about any hazards they could encounter in their workplace. They also have the right to question the employer about any health and safety concerns they may have, and the right to refuse work if they believe their safety or health is at risk.

OH&S "success story" contest to win a $300 spa gift certificate

Have you successfully exercised your "Right to Refuse Unsafe Work" at your local? If so, HEU wants to hear from you.

What was the issue and result? HEU is looking for success stories that happened at your local. Have policies changed as a result of that action?

Submit your story - write or type it and fax to 604-739-1510, attention: Kim Turton or email it to Be sure to mark OH&S Success Story in the subject line. Deadline for submission is Friday, July 13 at 5:00 p.m. 

All entries will be eligible for a draw to win a $300 gift certificate for a spa treatment in your community. One winner only. The decision is final and will be posted on HEU's website.


Check out this special issue of the Guardian ("When staff can't cope", Spring 2011)

And the Know Your Rights column on your right to refuse unsafe work (Guardian, Summer 2012)

  • To contact HEU’s occupational health and safety representative, click here.