Health and Safety at Work

All workers have the right to return home each day safe and sound.  In Cornwall, as in the rest of Ontario, employers work together with workers to ensure a safe work environment.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has a strategy to protect workers’ health and safety on the job. The ministry enforces the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), which sets out the rights and duties of workers, supervisors, employers and others for safe and healthy workplaces:

As a worker, you have the right to:

  • Know about workplace hazards
  • Refuse unsafe work
  • Participate in addressing workplace health and safety issues

Some examples of employer duties are to:

  • Provide basic health and safety awareness training to workers and supervisors
  • Provide information, instruction and supervision to workers on how to work safely
  • Do everything reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers from being hurt or getting a work-related illness

Preventing work-related illness and injury is the most important job at any workplace.  There are a series of training tools to help you learn how to work safely with several available in different languages: