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Speaking up about COVID-19 safety

When you speak up about COVID-19 safety, it shows initiative and confidence. So, listen to your gut and others will listen to you. Because looking out for your own safety, and for the safety of your co-worker’s, is part of your job.

Employers and workers are required to follow workplace health and safety regulations, and public health orders and direction. You must continue to follow communicable disease prevention protocols, including:

  • Wearing a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible
  • Staying home when you’re sick to help keep everyone safe
  • Keeping a 2-metre distance from others, or using barriers

If you’re a young worker checking for proof of vaccination from customers, clients, or members of the public, talk to your employer about your rights.

It is your employer’s responsibility to have policies and procedures in place to eliminate or minimize the risk of bullying, harassment, and violence in the workplace.

Talk about safety at work

Talking about safety at work, asking for training, and bringing up concerns to your boss can be hard, but it’s important. Employers are responsible for providing adequate training and orientation before you start work to help ensure that everyone stays safe on the job.

If you get a gut feeling that something isn’t safe, or you don’t know how to do your job safely, listen to your instincts and talk to your manager about it. It could save your life or the life of your co-worker.

Enter the “Listen to Your Gut” contest on Instagram

Follow us on Instagram and enter the “Listen to Your Gut” contest, running November 22 to November 26. Each day that week, we’ll be posing a question about young worker safety, rights, and responsibilities. To enter, follow @WorkSafeBC on Instagram and post your answer to the daily question in the comments. Get a bonus entry by tagging two or more friends in a separate comment under the daily “Listen To Your Gut” Instagram in-feed post. Five lucky winners will each get a $50 Apple gift card.

Read the complete Contest Rules, including information on WorkSafeBC’s collection and use of personal information.

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