Resident Doctors of BC seeks to promote its members’ safety in the workplace, and offer resources for those who need them.
As employees, resident physicians have both rights and responsibilities when it comes to ensuring a safe workplace.
Residents have the right to:
- Know about hazards in the workplace
- Participate in health and safety activities in the workplace
- Refuse unsafe work
Residents have a responsibility to:
- Be alert to hazards. Report them immediately to your supervisor or employer.
- Follow safe work procedures and act safely in the workplace at all times.
- Use the protective clothing, devices, and equipment provided. Be sure to wear them properly.
- Co-operate with joint health and safety committees, worker health and safety representatives, WorkSafeBC prevention officers, and anybody with health and safety duties.
- Get treatment quickly should an injury happen on the job and tell the health care provider that the injury is work-related.
- Follow the treatment advice of health care providers.
- Return to work safely after an injury by modifying your duties and not immediately starting with your full, regular responsibilities.
- Never work under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other substance, or if you’re overly tired.
It is against the law to penalise an employee for raising a health and safety issue!