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Construction sites and industrial workplaces can be inherently dangerous places. Throughout your working careers you have been trained to be aware of your surroundings and to identify health and safety risks. You know that if you see something which is not right or which is unsafe, then you should say something to your employer.
The COVDI-19 pandemic has raised the possibility of new health and safety risks on the job-site. You should consider:
- Whether hand-sanitizer or hand washing facilities are available.
- Whether bathroom / or portable toilet facilities are being cleaned and inspected.
- Whether co-workers who are subject to self-isolation or quarantine are in breach of those requirements.
- Whether there have been any positive tests in the workplace.
If you see something, say something. Your employer must take all reasonable precautions to protect workers and should investigate and where possible remedy any safety issues. If action is not taken to remedy a health and safety risk, you have a right to refuse work in accordance with section 43 of OHSA. If you have concerns about your health and safety, you should refuse and immediately report the situation to your employer, your union representative and the Ministry of Labour who can be reached at: 1-877-202-0008.
We are all concerned about our health and we must also remain respectful of others. If you are sick, do not go to work.