Workers Rights

Workers have specific legal rights under the Act.


Workers have the right to be informed about potential hazards from machinery, equipment, working conditions and substances that are present in the workplace and that may affect health and safety.


Workers must also be trained on machinery and equipment etc. that they use.


Mary-Anne does not train and requires that only workers specifically assigned by the Agency to work on machines once three elements have been achieved:


  1. dispatched for that specific job
  2. competent person and employer site has trained
  3. Mary-Anne is aware in writing, of the successful outcome of training

One example of the right to know is the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). One of the purposes of WHMIS is to ensure workers have accurate and up to date information on the hazardous material and controlled substances they are working with.



The law is clear that it wants workers to be involved in their own health and safety at work. In particular, workers have a right to be part of the process of identifying and resolving workplace health and safety concerns.

This right is expressed through worker Health and Safety Representatives or through workers memberships on Joint Health and Safety Committees, as well as through the actions of employers on a daily basis to improve health and safety concerns in the workplace.



All workers have the right to refuse work that they believe is dangerous to either their own health and safety or that of another worker. In addition, employers are not allowed to punish any worker who uses his or her health and safety rights.