Every worker has the right to:
know about hazards in the workplace and which precautions must be taken to prevent injury or illness from these hazards.
Employee education under the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, as well as job-specific training on chemical/controlled products at the workplace, is an example of the right to know, supported by The Workplace Safety and Health Act.
participate in safety and health activities at the workplace, including involvement in the joint workplace safety and health committee, or as a worker representative, for example.
refuse work for anything that the worker believes will cause immediate and serious, or long-term effects on their safety and health or the safety and health of others.
carry out duties or exercise safety and health rights, as set out under The Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act, without being subject to reprisal.
Workers have the legal responsibility to:
take reasonable care to protect themselves and others who may be affected by their actions or omissions.
make proper use of safety equipment, clothing, and devices.
co-operate with the workplace safety and health committee or representative.
co-operate with other persons regarding workplace safety and health matters.
Reference to legal requirements under workplace safety and health legislation:
The Workplace Safety and Health Act, Section 2: Purpose of this Act
The Workplace Safety and Health Act, Section 5: Duties of Workers
The Workplace Safety and Health Act, Section 7.5: Duty to Provide Required Information
The Workplace Safety and Health Act, Section 40: Workplace Safety and Health Committees and Representatives
The Workplace Safety and Health Act, Section 43(1): Right to Refuse Dangerous Work
Workplace Safety and Health Regulation, Part 35: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems, Application, of M.R. 217/2006