This is your personal copy of GigHound’s Health & Safety Guide for Workers. It explains GigHound’s Safety Policy, general safety rules, your Rights, information about Workers’ Compensation Insurance Benefits if you are injured on the job, and much more.
Did you know that studies show that new and young workers are more likely to get hurt during their first month on the job than at any other time? So, we ask that you take this training and Guide seriously.
You have the following rights under this program.
- To be advised on occupational safety and health hazards and to receive training about safe work conditions, practices and personal protective equipment. Job site safety training will generally be handled by the client to which you have been assigned.
- To provide information to GigHound about safety hazards or concerns, and to request information or to make safety suggestions without fear of reprisal.
You have a duty to comply with the following requirements to make the workplace safe for yourself and your fellow workers. You must:
- Learn and understand the safe practices for the general work area and your job.
- Comply with the client's safe work practices and personal protective equipment for your job.
- Report all unsafe work conditions to your onsite supervisor and your GigHound Representative immediately.
- Notify your GigHound Representative of any changes to your job duties that differ from the ones you were sent to perform at the client location.
It is our sincere hope that you will never be injured. If you are injured, however, we want you to receive the best medical care without delay. If you delay in reporting an injury we cannot do our part. Report all accidents immediately to your job site supervisor and GigHound Representative. Report the accident even if medical treatment is not necessary.
Please read this entire Guide carefully and refer to it whenever you have a question. It is dedicated to helping you work safely on the job. If a question is not answered in this Guide, or if you have any additional questions, please speak to a GigHound Representative or refer to the Worker Help Center at www.GigHound.ca and click on the Workers Tab.
Occupational Health & Safety Legislation
Each province in Canada has Occupational Health & Safety legislation. They are a set of laws that spell out the duties of employers, supervisors and the rights and duties of workers. There are often also different Regulations that are attached to the legislation. They contain more detailed laws about how to make the workplace safe in specific situations. For example, several regulations explain what is needed to work safely with chemicals and other hazardous materials. This includes training, warning labels on products and information sheets. There are also Regulations for different types of workplaces. The whole point of the legislation and Regulations is to keep workers from getting hurt or sick on the job. There are often inspectors from various government agencies who make sure the laws are followed and may issue orders or lay charges if they aren’t.