Safety and Health of Young Workers

Safety and Health of Young Workers

Safety and Health of Young Workers

Date posted: April 26, 2018

This coming Saturday, April 28th, is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year’s theme is Generation Safe & Healthy, with a focus on young workers.

All workers can be injured at work, but young workers may be more at risk due to inexperience, lack of training, orientation and supervision, and hesitancy to ask questions. WorkSafeBC has a large variety of resources available for young workers (under age 25) and people who are employing and training young workers.  Here’s one of their videos highlighting the importance of young worker safety.

Hidden Hazards in the Workplace: A Young Worker’s Guide is a recently released pamphlet on less obvious safety risks in the workplace. A related educator’s guide is also available.

In addition to videos and publications, there are learning modules and activities to support teaching about workplace health and safety for young and new workers. If you work with youth who are working or have a goal to be working, or are involved in workplace literacy programming, browsing WorkSafeBC can help you find resources to use with your students.

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