The law protects your right to refuse work in conditions known or believed to be dangerous.
To refuse work you believe is unsafe, there are three steps you need to
Step 1: Immediately report the situation to your supervisor, giving your reason for refusing to work.
Your supervisor will inspect the worksite area and take action to fix the dangerous condition(s).
Stay at your workplace for your normal working hours, unless you are working alone.
In the meantime, your employer will assign you to other work and cannot assign or require any other worker to perform the task your reported to be unsafe unless that worker has been informed (by the refusing worker or Safety and Health Officer) that a refusal is in progress and the reason for the refusal. If the other worker believes the condition is not dangerous, they can choose to do the work. You will be assigned to other work until the matter is resolved.
If the employer resolves the matter to your satisfaction, you can go back to work.
BUT if you still believe the work is dangerous...
Step 2: Bring the matter to the attention of the Safety and Health Committee or Representative (if one exists), as soon as possible, giving the reasons for refusing to work. If you do not have a Committee or a Representative, go immediately to Step 3.
If you or the committee/representative still believes the work is dangerous...
Step 3: Call your nearest Workplace Safety and Health Office at 204-945-3446 (or toll free 1-866-888-8186) and explain your situation.
An officer immediately will investigate and rule on whether or not the work is in considered to be dangerous.
The decision of an Officer can be appealed to the Manitoba Labour Board.
If you have exercised your right to refuse and you are told to go home, DO NOT leave the job site. Contact the Provincial Safety and Health Officer immediately and tell them where you will be so they can speak with you. Remember, you are only refusing to carry out that particular work which you believe is dangerous to your health or safety until it has been remedied to your satisfaction. If you are offered alternate work and it is not dangerous to your health and safety, you must perform those duties as assigned. If no alternate work is assigned, you are entitled to your usual pay until the refusal is resolved.
Download a summary of this refusal procedure HERE