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 Posted: Mon Sep 15th, 2014 07:47 am
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Qaenos

 

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I'm not a lawyer, but my guess is that if there's reasonable equipment and/or procedures that are available that can protect the health and safety of the employees, the employer would be liable to provide them. I've worked in Toronto, Calgary, Boston and now Australia and that's always been the case whenever I've taken a health and safety training course.

The question would be what is considered "reasonable"? Does this stuff cause cancer or not? What's the liklihood? How strong is the evidence taht this stuff is dangerous? What do other employers in the same type of business do? Would providing the equipment destroy the profitability of your business? Are you just being cheap?

The "work at your own risk" thing probably won't wash. That's my guess.