It just seems more tragic when a young person is robbed of a healthy future

By Carola Mittag

Posted May 28th, 2019 in Tips & News

It just seems more tragic when a young person is robbed of a healthy future

Every day in Ontario, an average of nearly 20 young workers under age 25 suffer lost-time injuries or are killed on the job.

  • Young males especially, face a 48% higher risk of injury than the overall work population

  • Workers are at greatest risk for serious injury in their first 6 months on the job

  • Around 20% of injuries and fatalities to young workers occur in the first month on the job

Employers and supervisors must, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), protect every new and young worker by providing health and safety training.



It is important for young workers to know their health and safety rights and responsibilities from day one. Lacking work experience, and often facing hazardous working conditions with little or no training, young workers are a hazard themselves. Not only are they in danger of workplace accidents and injuries, they also jeopardize others when they aren’t prepared for the work they’re being asked to do.

By law, they have the right to:
  • Know about hazards in their workplace and how to protect their health and safety;
  • Participate in finding solutions for workplace health and safety concerns; and
  • Refuse unsafe work.
They must:
  • Work safely:
    • Using the equipment that is required
    • Use equipment properly
    • Keep protection devices in place
    • Wear required safety gear
  • Report hazards (and violations of workplace health and safety law) immediately to the supervisor or employer.

    Employers are required to provide this Young & New Worker Health and Safety Awareness training to every new worker under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Workers are informed about their rights and responsibilities and the importance of workplace safety.

We’ve completely overhauled this course to strengthen connection with important safety concepts and update the OHSA for the 2019 edition of the Green Book. The course is designed to assist employers, supervisors and workers to keep new and young workers safe on the job, and prevent harm and costly work-related injuries. Our course includes some basic principles that will help keep new and young workers safe. Main learning  objectives are:

  • Introduces workers to the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  • Focuses on the health and safety rights of new/young workers;
  • Outlines responsibilities of supervisors and employers;
  • Serves as a general introduction to workplace health and safety.

    This program meets the training required by the occupational health and safety awareness and training regulation: O. Reg. 297/13: OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARENESS AND TRAINING made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.


     

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