Teachers - It's Your Responsibility
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.
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.