Right to refuse

Under New Brunswick's Occupational Health and Safety Act, all workers have the right to refuse work that they have reasonable grounds to believe might endanger their safety, or the safety of others. Exercising this right is serious and should not be done lightly or as a routine method of solving workplace problems. A worker cannot be disciplined for exercising their right to refuse.

Certain conditions apply, and all those involved in a work refusal must follow a process. The following documents outline these conditions and the process, and will help answer any questions on the right to refuse:

Right to Refuse – Frequently Asked Questions

Work Refusal Flow Chart

Sample Right to Refuse Form

Right to Refuse Dangerous Work (pocket pamphlet)

Information for New Workers (pamphlet)

Occupational Health and Safety Act (Sections 19 to 27)



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