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Health and Safety: Teaching Tools

Applying RAC Steps

Walk learners through each of the RAC steps using an employment scenario they are likely to face in the future. This is a very important activity for learners as it helps them take control of their personal health and safety at work. This activity has also been prepared as a handout "How to use RAC Steps"

Even before learners start a new job, they should start thinking about safety! At the job interview, encourage learners to keep an eye out for signs that the employer takes safety seriously.

Steps Learners Can Take:
> Recognize

When 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 (i.e. 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?

Are the employees wearing protective equipment?

> Assess

Take the time to think about this job and the workplace. Gather opinions and information about your concerns. Evaluate the information you find.

TALK to your parents or someone you trust (preferably someone older) about what you saw.
GATHER information from the library or the Internet. Are there any hazards common to that type of workplace? What are they?
DECIDE if you have enough information about that workplace or if you need to ask the employer for more information.



> Control

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 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.