How can I change our safety policies at work?Updated May 16
Question & AnswerHow can I change our safety policies at work?
Make a complaint to the Ministry of Labour
If your employer is not following the rules in the Ontario Health and Safety Act (OHSA), you can make a complaint to the Ministry of Labour.
The Ministry of Labour might send an inspector to your workplace to look at the situation and see if rules in the OHSA have been broken.
When an inspector investigates, they gather facts and make a decision about the situation. The inspector will make a written report of their findings and give a copy of the report to your employer and your representative. Your employer must post the inspector's report in the workplace where workers are most likely to see it.
An inspector can order your employer to follow the law. If they think that you or other workers are in danger, they can also:
- order your employer to fix any place, equipment, or thing
- order that no one can use a piece of equipment until it's fixed
- stop the work in your workplace until the safety issue is fixed
- order everyone to leave a dangerous place until the safety issue is fixed
You can call the Ministry of Labour's Contact Centre at 1-877-202-0008 to make a complaint. You can call them any time. You don't have to talk to your supervisor about the problem first.
Your employer is not allowed to punish you for making a complaint. You don't have to tell the Ministry of Labour your name to make a complaint.
If you disagree with the inspector's decision, you can ask the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to change it. This is called appealing the decision of an inspector.