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Worker Responsibility

As an employee, you have...

  • the right to know
  • the right to participate
  • the right to refuse work

According to OHSA, Section 1(1), a worker means "a person who performs work or supplies services for monetary compensation."

Workers have certain responsibilities, outlined in Section 28 of the OHSA. In practice, these responsibilities amount to taking prescribed training and completing documentation, working in accordance with written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and reporting hazards to the appropriate supervisor so the situation can be corrected. See below.

OHSA Section 28

The duties of an worker are explicitly defined in the OHSA, Section 28.

The worker is required to:

  • work in compliance with all prescribed workplace health and safety directives;
  • use protective equipment and devices, as prescribed;
  • report to the supervisor any safety-related equipment defects;
  • report to the supervisor any workplace hazard.

Worker Responsibilites

Applies To:

  • Laboratory Supervisors
  • TAs
  • Post Docs
  • Research Engineers/Technical Staff
  • Research Associates/Fellow
  • Grad Students (not technically employees, but applies nonetheless)
  • Summer Student Researchers


  1. Job Hazard Analysis (link)
    Stipulated by EOHSS.
    Complete this with your supervisor.

  2. Eng Phys-Specific Hazard Assessment Form (download)
    To be completed annually for each student.
    Supervisor must review assessment and sign off.


  1. General Mandatory Training

    Asbestos Awareness Complete online
    Ergonomics Complete online
    Fire Safety Complete online
    Slips/Trips/Falls Complete online
    WHMIS Office (Anti-requisite: WHMIS Core) Complete online
    WHMIS Core Complete online

    Plus additional Mandatory Training if applicable to research/work area. (e.g. Biosafety, Electrical Awareness, Gas Cylinder, HF Awareness, Laser Safety, Lock Out/Tag Out, Machine Guard, Radiation Safety, etc.)

  2. Site-Specific Mandatory Training

    (i.e. Any specialized training for equipment or activities in a faculty research lab. An SOP should already exist for any such task. Supervisors should log this training and acquire signatures.)