GigHound has created a Right to Refuse Policy and step-by-step process regarding your right to refuse work. This process explains what the right to refuse work is, in what context it applies and the steps to follow if a right to refuse work situation arises in the workplace. Following is a summary of that policy.
Refusal to work
You may refuse to work or do particular work where you have reason to believe that:
- Any equipment, machine, device or thing you are to use or operate is likely to endanger yourself or another worker;
- The physical condition of the workplace or the part thereof in which you work or are to work is likely to endanger you; or
- Any equipment, machine, device or thing you are to use or operate or the physical condition of the workplace or the part thereof in which you work or are to work is in contravention of applicable provincial health & safety legislation and such contravention is likely to endanger you or another worker.
No worker may exercise his right to refuse if his refusal to perform the work puts the life, health, safety or physical well being of another person in immediate danger or if the conditions under which the work is to be performed are ordinary conditions in his kind of work.
Basic steps when claiming your right to refuse work:
- Promptly report the situation to your immediate client supervisor and your GigHound Representative.
- The client supervisor and your GigHound Representative will immediately investigate the circumstances. You must remain in a safe place near your workstation during the investigation.
- If it is determined that it is not a dangerous situation or the situation has been controlled, you may then resume your work duties. A report of the circumstances is provided to a GigHound Representative.
- If steps were taken to deal with the situation and you continue to feel that the work is unsafe, there are particular circumstances in which you may refuse to do that particular work. In these circumstances, the appropriate provincial government body may be called in to review the situation in accordance with that province’s legislation.
For more detailed information regarding the Right to Refuse Policy, please refer to the Worker Help Center.