Safety First for Students Visiting the Workplace

October 31, 2017 – Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

On November 1, 2017, over 200,000 grade nine students (Senior 1 in Manitoba and Secondary III in Quebec) across Canada will visit the workplace of a parent, relative, or friend as part of the national Take Our Kids to Work Day, to see and experience the real world of work up close and personal. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) reminds all organizations involved to make safety a priority on this day, and to take extra care to protect visiting students from any hazards that may be present in the workplace.

In preparation for Take Our Kids to Work Day, CCOHS has made free workplace health and safety resources available to help workplaces promote safety to students and young workers alike.

  • The Young Workers Zone is a website dedicated to providing free and easy access to a comprehensive collection of credible resources in Canada for keeping kids safe on the job.
  • The New Worker Safety in Canada infographic outlines what employers can do, covers safety tips for workers and their three rights, and highlights the components of effective training methods.
  • The New Worker Orientation Checklist offers workplaces a guide on how to provide training to workers.

More information, resources, and tools to promote workplace health and safety are available on the CCOHS website.

Take Our Kids to Work Day was founded in 1994 by The Learning Partnership, a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance public education.


One of the most important things you can do as an employer on Take Our Kids to Work Day is to show students that safety is the first priority in the workplace. Providing them with a safety orientation before they move on to learn about the work in the environment that they are in sends a message that underscores the importance of health and safety in the workplace. A message we hope each student will carry forward.”

- Gareth Jones, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

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