Rev. November 10, 2020
Caron Equipment Inc. believes the safety of its employees and contractors is of paramount importance and as such will meet the requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA). Our company emphasizes the use of the Internal Responsibility System (IRS), in which all parties have the responsibility to control unsafe working conditions by identification and assessment of hazards; hazard inspections, investigations and implementation of corrective actions. It is the Policy of Caron Equipment Inc. that all work refusals that are permitted under the OHSA be conducted in compliance with the OHSA and the procedures as outlined in this Policy.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act gives workers the right to refuse work that he or she believes to be unsafe.
A worker may refuse to work or do particular work where he or she has reason to believe that:
any equipment, machine, device or thing the worker is to use or operate is likely to endanger himself, herself or another worker; the physical condition of a workplace or the part thereof in which he or she works or is to work is likely to endanger himself or herself;
Workplace violence is likely to endanger himself or herself; or any equipment, machine, device or thing he or she is to use or operate or the physical condition of the workplace or the part thereof in which he or she works or is to work is in contravention of the OHSA or the regulations and such contravention is likely to endanger himself, herself or another worker.
If you encounter a situation that you feel is unsafe it is essential to report your concerns to your supervisor immediately.
There is no burden of proof on your part as it is the company’s responsibility to make it safe.
If a work refusal situation cannot be resolved internally then the Ministry of Labour will be advised.
The following demonstrates the work refusal procedure in a flow chart format.