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What is a worker responsible for?

Bottom line, if you are not doing your job safely, you are not doing your job.

Safety is your responsibility.

After all, it’s your life on the line. So don’t hand control to someone else – you have an obligation to protect yourself and your colleagues.


  • Take all necessary safety precautions;
  • think before you act;
  • use appropriate safety clothing and equipment;
  • comply with health and safety procedures and instructions. If they don’t work, tell your supervisor why they don’t work;
  • correct hazards if possible. Or report them to your supervisor;
  • immediately report work-related injuries and illnesses to supervisors;
  • fill out a workers’ report of injury/illness as soon as you’ve been injured on the job requiring medical treatment off the worksite or that demands time off beyond the day the injury happened. (You can find the Workers’ Report of Injury/Illness here);
  • don’t fool around – horseplay, fighting or practical jokes have no place on a worksite;
  • if you are impaired in any way, stay off the worksite;
  • select health and safety representatives; and
  • lead.

If you are injured on the job, you have a responsibility to mitigate the effects of your injury and to work with medical professionals to heal yourself and, eventually, get safely back to work.

Studies have shown that returning to your job is important to a person's well-being and integral to a complete recovery.

To  learn more, here is the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Here are the regulations.

Here is a Worker’s Guide.

In addition to being workers, supervisors and employers have their own responsibilities.

Here is what supervisors are responsible for.|

Here is what employers are responsible for.

More questions? Contact us:

Phone: (867) 667-5645
Toll-free across Canada: (800) 661-0443