Health and Safety Rights

Workers have 4 basic Health and Safety rights:

  1. Right to Know about the dangers of our jobs and how we are protected

  2. Right to Participate in activities affecting our Health and Safety

  3. Right to Refuse work we feel may be dangerous to ourselves or others

  4. Right to Be Free from Reprisal (disciplined or fired) for using our Health and Safety rights


*Please be aware that Alberta has NEW OHS LEGISLATION will be coming into effect in late 2021. We will be updating our resources to reflect these changes when they come into effect.


Most workers in Alberta are covered under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations and Code. Some workers are Federally regulated, and their Health and Safety right are covered under the Canada Labour Code Part II. These laws are the minimum standards for protecting workers.

Workers belonging to a union may have additional Health and Safety protection under their Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Exposure to workplace hazards is preventable, and it is our employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.

As workers, we have a responsibility to follow the health and safety rules, to not cause or participate in harassment, bullying, or violence, and to report unsafe work conditions.


Download PDF’s of your Health and Safety Rights:

4 Basic H&S Rights




Right to Know




Right to Participate




Right to Refuse