Health and safety

The OHS Branch promotes and enforces health and safety in the workplace. Alongside collaborating with Yukon communities and national organizations, safety officers visit workplaces throughout Yukon to help employers and workers comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

Worker roles, rights and responsibilities

On a worksite, everyone has varying levels of responsibility for workplace health and safety. You should know and understand your responsibilities—and those of others.

Worker rights

You have three key rights.
  • The right to know about hazards in the workplace.
  • The right to participate in health and safety activities in the workplace.
  • The right to refuse unsafe work.*

*By law, employers are prohibited from penalizing workers for raising a health and safety issue.

Worker responsibilities

As a worker, you play an important role in making sure you—and your co-workers—stay healthy and safe on the job. You must:

  • Be alert to hazards. Report them immediately to your supervisor or employer.
  • Follow health and safety work procedures and instructions and act safely in the workplace at all times.
  • Use the protective clothing, devices and equipment provided. Be sure to wear them properly.
  • Report any incident or injury that arises at the workplace to your supervisor or employer.
  • Get treatment quickly should an injury happen on the job and tell the health care provider that the injury is work related.
  • Follow the treatment advice of health care providers.
  • Return to work safely after an injury by modifying your duties and not immediately starting with your full, regular responsibilities.
  • Never work under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other substance, or if you're overly tired