It is possible to pose potential risk for border offices however it does not apply to work refusal according to OHSA in any jurisdictions in Canada (federal or provincial).
To practice a work refusal, one must have reasonable doubt about the risk, and it must be a physical one (acute risk of chemicals or those who could cause immediate harm to workers,such as machine, fire, fall from height etc). It seems no difference for workers to get immediate shot on their duty whether or not they wear name tags, in other words, there is not an immediate risk exists at all.
In this case, workers should report to the supervisor and management, and discuss it in OHS committee first, to seek for resolving concerns and issues through internal responsibility system. If management refuses to discuss or solve it, workers should call Ministry of Labour to do an inspection, not a job refusal.
Posted January 8, 2013 09:25 AM
It takes very little experience and knowledge of the CBSA operations to realize that officers wearing a name tag can and does present the risk of contact with savory characters possibly holding a vengeance against an officer for doing their job, and the taking of that vengence to a another level off the job. However, taking into consideration the positive affects of having a name tag when dealing with the general honest members of the public, this factor has considerable positive weight in any decision. I suggest that each officer be given an alias name tag on a daily basis, a log being kept of each tag's daily assignment. Make it a win-win situation.
Posted December 18, 2012 08:51 AM