There is a collectively bargained clause in the CA which allows for this (33.13). The problem with blanket assertions that, “conditions are hazardous” is that the definition of a hazard is wildly subjective.raamman wrote: ↑ well, if you ask me the union really should be there for all to collectively state conditions are hazardous and put a firm stop to working in unsafe conditions- I took a personal day to avoid the risk.
I commend those of you who made the effort- it is a shame there is no hazard pay in the contract. For me, it just wasnt worth it
Each of us do this every day with a variety of scenarios:
1) is that dog tethered in a yard safe? If you don’t know the dog, no. Maybe you see the dog every day, it’s friendly and even give it a treat?
2) are those stairs with a cm of snow on them safe? Could you fall? Is there ice under the snow? Are they tile or stamped concrete? Maybe you wear cleats, or just feel confident that by taking your time you can use them safely. Maybe not.
3) it’s starting to get dark and visibility is low. Do you know the area? Do you feel confident you can walk up and down stairs with the limited visibility? Do you wear a headlamp? Does the headlamp give you sufficient light? Maybe not.
4) driving conditions are bad. Do you take public transit? Is your route to work safe? Is your delivery area far from the depot and clear? Are your POC mainly indoors?
The only real exception is when there’s something like the ice storm we received in the GTA recently, or one of those snowstorms which persists through the day and authorities close, or advise you to stay off roads. Even then, you make the decision that is safe for YOU.