Information for Workers
Note: The following is not meant to provide comprehensive information and guidance to workers in the construction industry. Workers should always refer to the specific requirements of the applicable standard jurisdiction in the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Health and Safety Act, Canada Labour Code or requirements administered by the Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board for a comprehensive listing of health and safety responsibilities and regulations.
Welcome to the NLCSA website. In Newfoundland and Labrador, most workplaces are governed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Health and safety in Newfoundland and Labrador is anchored on the principle of each of us doing our part to keep the workplace free of accidents and illnesses.
This means that we all have basic rights:
- the right to know about the hazards you may or will come into contact with and the knowledge about how to work with them safely. Before starting a new job, your employer should conduct an orientation with you. This orientation would include informing you of the company’s safety policies and procedures as well as the hazards you will likely encounter as part of your work, and how to protect yourself from these hazards.
- the right to refuse work that you believe is unsafe and could cause harm to yourself or others. The first step in exercising your right to refuse unsafe work is to speak to your supervisor and outline your concerns. This will provide your supervisor with an opportunity to address your concerns. If your supervisor is unable to address your concerns, you should then bring the matter to the attention of your Worker Health and Safety Representative or Occupational Health and Safety Committee.
- the right to participate in workplace health and safety activities. Every workplace is required to have an Occupational Health and Safety Committee, Worker Health and Safety Representative or Workplace Health and Safety Designate. As part of your orientation, you must be informed who your representative(s) are in your workplace.
Along with these rights, come some responsibilities. These include:
- work safely— take reasonable care to protect your own health and that of workers and other persons at or near the workplace
- report unsafe conditions—if you see a workplace hazard or anything that looks unsafe, immediately report it to your supervisor or employer
- wear and use the right safety equipment for the job—make proper use of all necessary safeguards, protective clothing, safety devices, lifting devices or aids, and appliances
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One way that workers can be more aware of hazards in the workplace and be prepared to work safely around them is through training. Your employer has to ensure that you have received appropriate instructions and training. The NLCSA has a wide range of training available that was developed by the construction industry, for the construction industry. Click here to access information on our courses and schedule.
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What to do if you’re injured at work
- If you require first aid, seek it immediately
- Tell your employer or supervisor about your injury
- Seek medical treatment if necessary and tell your doctor that you were injured at work
- Bring the Doctor’s Report of Injury (Form 8/10) back to your employer as soon as possible (within 48 hours)
- Complete a Worker’s Report of Injury (Form 6) and submit to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission as soon as possible
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Sections of the NLCSA Website You May Find Useful
Training Courses and Schedule
If you are interested in training, click here to access information on our courses and schedule.
News and Events
Click here to keep on top of the latest health and safety news and events related to the construction industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Feedback and Suggestions
We are always interested in your ideas and feedback. Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions here.
For access to a host of health and safety resources such as materials, legislation, posters, videos, brochures and other useful information, click here.
To sign up for our newsletters and other useful updates, click here.
Construction Safety Officer (CS0) Program
If you are interested in becoming more involved with safety at your workplace, the Construction Safety Officer (CSO) Program may be of interest to you. To find out more information or to apply for our CSO Program, click here.
This is a section specifically designed to provide you with tailored information. Feel free to let us know other information that you would like to see added to this section by clicking here.
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