Prevention information: overview
Preventing workplace injuries and illnesses is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace. Workers play a key role in making sure your workplace is safe.
As a worker you have the right to:
- Know about danger.
- Participate in making your workplace safe.
- Refuse unsafe work.
You also have the responsibility to:
- Work safely.
- Report unsafe conditions.
- Wear the right safety equipment for the job.
- Ask your employer first.
Preventing occupational disease/illness in your workplace
To prevent disease and illness, workplaces must identify health hazards and eliminate or control them:
- Find out about WSIB services, programs and initiatives aimed at eliminating occupational diseases and illnesses and assisting affected workers and their families.
- Access resources prepared by the WSIB on the prevention and causes of some occupational illnesses.
- Access key websites, including our health and safety partners information
Health and safety training programs
The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that workplaces above a certain size train at least one worker and one management person to serve as certified members of a workplace Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). This certification involves training in the identification and control of hazards, and in health and safety law.
Young Worker Awareness Program
Did you know that 8,000 young workers are injured on the job every year? The Young Worker Awareness Program will give young workers the knowledge they need to work safely. This job safety training program will be provided free of charge at any Ontario high school.
First Aid Program
Your employer has specific obligations for posting first aid information and for providing easily accessible first aid equipment and stations.