What should I do if my work is not safe?
Question & AnswerWhat should I do if my work is not safe?
1. Talk to your supervisor
If you’re asked to do something at work that isn’t safe, talk to your supervisor or employer about it.
Tell them why you think the job is not safe. Try to work with them to solve the problem.
You could also speak to your health and safety representative, your representative on a Joint Health and Safety Committee, or your or trade association representative. They may be able to help you assess the danger and work with your employer to solve the problem.
You might need different equipment, more training, or new workplace rules.
If you have any ideas about how to fix the problem, you can tell your employer. But it’s also a good idea to listen to their suggestions.
If you have to call the Ministry of Labour, it will help your case to show that you tried to work with your employer. There is more information about contacting the Ministry of Labour in Step 4.
Keep notes about conversations
You should make notes about your conversations. In your notes, try to include answers to the following questions:
- What happened?
- When did you notice the problem?
- What equipment is involved?
- Who is involved?
- Have you taken any steps to fix the problem?
- If you asked your employer about it, what did they say?
- Why do you think the problem is a danger?
- What might happen if the problem isn’t fixed?