What workers should do
Workers should know and understand their workplace health and safety responsibilities and those of others. If you are a worker, you also have three key rights: the right to know about hazards in the workplace, the right to participate in health and safety activities in the workplace and the right to refuse unsafe work.
Know when not to come to work
The following workers must not go to the workplace if:
- Workers are ill, whether or not the illness has been confirmed as COVID-19.
- Workers have travelled internationally. In these cases, they must remain away from the workplace for at least 14 days.
- Workers have been in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Workers share a residence with a person that has been exposed to COVID-19.
Workers who have been exposed to anyone confirmed to have COVID-19, or to anyone with possible symptoms of COVID-19, should call the Saskatchewan Health Line at 811 to determine any necessary next steps.
Take other preventative measures while at work
If entering the workplace, workers should:
- Comply with the employer’s instructions around minimizing exposure to COVID-19.
- Wash their hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer.
- Take steps to minimize exposure to COVID-19 while away from work.
- Maintain social distance of two-metres or more whenever possible.
- Ensure workers wear a non-medical mask or face covering when required in the workplace.
Right to refuse work
Workers in Saskatchewan have the right to refuse unusually dangerous work.
Section 3-31 of The Saskatchewan Employment Act states that a worker may refuse to perform any particular act or series of acts at a place of employment if the worker has reasonable grounds to believe that the act or series of acts is unusually dangerous to the worker’s health or safety or the health or safety of any other person at the place of employment until:
(a) sufficient steps have been taken to satisfy the worker otherwise; or
(b) the occupational health committee has investigated the matter and advised the worker otherwise.
In these circumstances, the worker should follow steps within their workplace to resolve the issue. The worker would begin by reporting the unusually dangerous work to their employer for investigation and the employers would then need to consider the refusal on a case-by-case basis, depending on the situation.
Questions and answers about COVID‐19 leaves in the workplace
We know that as employers are making decisions about how best to ensure the health and safety of workers and of citizens they serve there are a number of questions that have arisen. The Government of Saskatchewan has developed some questions and answers to assist employers and employees at this time. For more information click here.