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WHMIS and the employer

This website has information about WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) and the duties of the employer at a workplace where hazardous products are used, handled, or stored. 

 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Workplace Violence and Harassment: Understanding the Law

This guide explains what workers, supervisors, employers, and constructors need to know about workplace violence and workplace harassment requirements in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). It describes everyone’s rights and responsibilities and answers, in plain language, the questions that are most commonly asked about these requirements.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Your Health and Safety at Work – Information for Workers

This information sheet briefly explains what the Occupational Health and Safety Act is, who and how it protects, what your basic health and safety rights are at work, and what to do if you get hurt or sick because of work.

Available in:

English, Spanish

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Your health and safety at work: Information for workers

Topics in this guide include why workers need a health and safety law, how workers’ compensation helps workers, and who is covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OH&S Act). It looks at the right to know about hazards, the right to participate in a health and safety committee, and the right to refuse unsafe work.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Your rights as a worker – PDF

This resource offers basic information about workers’ rights: what they are and who has them. It also includes information about discrimination, workplace accommodation, taking legal action, and where to get help.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Health examinations

This section of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) website answers these questions about health examinations:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Is there a Fairness Issue?

This section of the Fair Practices Commission website describes the four benchmarks it relies on to help decide if a complaint about the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board raises a fairness issue the Commission can look into.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights and You

Subtitled “A guide to exercising your right to participate in environmental decision-making in Ontario,” this publication looks at how members of the public can comment on an environmentally significant proposal, submit an application for review or investigation, or sue to protect a public resource or respond to a public nuisance.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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What is discrimination at work? What can I do if I am being discriminated against at work?

This web page explains workplace discrimination and what workers can do if they have been discriminated against.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

Settlement.Org

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

Workplace Violence & Harassment – Civil Claims & Criminal Charges

This web page discusses how a victim might choose to file a civil lawsuit or have police lay criminal charges when there has been workplace violence or harassment. It explains what kinds of civil lawsuits can be filed, what it means to sue someone in civil court, and when and how police can lay a criminal charge.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016