Young worker rights and responsibilities

Know how to keep the workplace safe and healthy for you, others you work with and your employer.

Workplace safety

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation is the law that helps protect your health and safety at work. You have three basic rights:

  • the right to refuse dangerous work and know that you’re protected from reprisal
  • the right to know about workplace hazards and have access to basic health and safety information
  • the right to participate in health and safety discussions and health and safety committees

As a worker you need to:

  • refuse dangerous work
  • report unsafe work practices
  • follow health and safety procedures
  • refrain from harassment or violence in the workplace
  • ask for training if you don't know how to do something
  • work safely and encourage others to as well
  • use required safety equipment and clothing
  • inform your supervisor if you have anything going on that could affect your ability to work safely

Protect yourself and others

Job training

Your employer must make sure you have the training and the skills to do your work safely. If you're still learning, you must be under direct supervision of someone with these skills. Before taking on a job by yourself, make sure you have the necessary skills to get it done safely.

Emergency training and equipment

  • Your employer must train you in emergency procedures – in the case of fire, chemical spills, etc.
  • Special training is required before working with chemicals.
  • Your employer must show you where and how to use fire extinguishers and other emergency equipment.

First aid

  1. Get first aid: If you’re injured, find someone to give you first aid immediately.
  2. Report the incident: Even if you think your injury is small or no big deal, it’s important to report it. Telling your employer will help them improve workplace health and safety practices.

If you have a health or safety question, the first person to ask is your supervisor or employer because they know your workplace best.

You can also contact OHS. It’s free and confidential.

Youth employment laws

The Employment Standards rules apply to employees of all ages with special restrictions for young workers for your protection.

Know the law before you begin working to protect your rights.

Resources

Contact

To connect with OHS:

Phone: 780-415-8690 (Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-866-415-8690 
TTY: 780-427-9999 (Edmonton)
TTY: 1-800-232-7215

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