COVID-19: Your OHS Rights

The BCNU supports the use of the precautionary principle in health care facilities to minimize potential risks of exposure and transmission of COVID-19. It is important that BCNU members understand their Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) rights in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak as well as engineering and administrative controls, and the types of PPE available to minimize risk of exposure and transmission.  

All workers in BC have the overall right to a safe workplace. Specifically, you have: 

  • The right to know about the hazards and controls in the workplace 

  • The right to participate in OHS activities

  • The right to refuse unsafe work if an undue hazard is present

  • The right to no discrimination for participating in OHS activities 


Right to Know
Right to Participate
Right to Refuse
Right to No Discrimination



UPDATED: November 24, 2022
BCNU Member Safety and Support Phone Line

604-433-2268  (PRESS 3)

Speak to someone between the hours of 0900 - 1700, Monday to Friday.

Or call toll-free 1-800-663-9991


Member Resources

OHS Rights Poster

All workers in BC have the right to a safe workplace. It's important to understand your health and safety rights whenever you are concerned about workplace hazards or health risks.


Download OHS Rights poster

Flowchart: Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

COVID-19: Guide for Members

PPE Resources

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