How to Use RAC Steps
Even before you start a new job, you should start thinking about safety! At your job interview, keep an eye out for signs that the employer takes safety seriously.
Steps You Can Take
At the interview (or when you bring in your resume), take a look around the workplace and make some mental notes. After your interview, write down what you saw and what the employer said. Also, make notes on what the employer didn't say (for example: make a note if they did not mention training or safety rules).
Did the employer mention any equipment or machines that you might be working with? If so, did they say that you will be trained how to use them safely?
Did you see warning signs posted in hazardous areas?
Are there any safety posters on the walls?
Did you notice a bulletin board for safety messages?
Were employees wearing appropriate protective equipment?
If the employer calls to tell you that you have that job, but you still are not sure if it is a safe place to work, you can take some control!
- Ask the employer if there will be safety training.
- Tell the employer that you would not feel safe using the equipment if you did not get the proper training. Before you accept the job, confirm that they will offer the right training.
- Find out the answers to any concerns you discovered in your assessment.
Most importantly, REMEMBER... You don't have to take a job that you feel is unsafe. Make sure you get the training that you feel you need. If you still have concerns or doubts after talking to the employer and your parents, you might decide that the risk to your personal health and safety is not worth the money.