Become part of the solution
As a teacher, you are in a unique position to talk to your students about their jobs. Equipped with the right facts and knowledge, you can help students protect themselves against work-related injuries, keeping them safe and healthy on the job.
Understanding the situation
In Canada, each day more than 40 workers under the age of 19 are hurt on the job. Statistics from the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada say workers between the ages of 15 and 19 had 14,787 time loss injuries in Canada in 2006, and 10 work-related fatalities. In the 20 to 24 age group, 35,976 were injured and a further 41 of those young workers died.
As an influence in your students’ lives, you can play an important role in reducing the risk for job-related injury among new and young workers.
Promote safe work habits
This website offers a variety of resources that you can use in the classroom. Many of these materials have been designed to help meet curriculum requirements, and are available as free downloads.
These activities aren’t a replacement for workplace training from employers, but they do help to give students an awareness of safety measures and what to look for at a workplace, and shows prospective employers that they have an understanding of key safety principles.
Special guest Len Hong, PCEO of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, discusses how employers can help young workers stay safe at work.
Health and Safety resources for Ontario teachers
A French resource from the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail.
The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island has developed a resource package for grade one students studying science to help them be safe.
Source: Workers Compenation Board of PEI
The Manitoba Education and Youth have developed this 134 page document to provide teachers with resource material that may be used to teach their students about health and safety in the workplace.
WorkSafe Western Australia, the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection have created this health and safety resource package for high school students going on work experience and work placements. Students will get an understanding of occupational safety and health matters before stepping into a workplace. It will help them understand occupational safety and health hazards and laws and provide practical solutions to some common safety and health problems.