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Did you know that every day in Ontario, an average of nearly 20 young workers under age 25 sustain lost-time injuries or are killed on the job? Stay informed and protected as a young worker in the workplace with these tips: 

  • Young workers, like all workers new to their jobs, are 3 times more likely to be injured on the job during the first month of employment than more experienced workers.
  • Once you’ve scored a job, make sure you are trained on the specifics of your job such as using equipment and wearing protective gear. Prep yourself to know what to say if you are in an unsafe situation.
    • Know your job – inside and out. When you don’t know, ask questions:
  • Does the job have any hazards?
  • Is there any safety gear I am expected to wear?
  • Is there health and safety orientation I will be responsible for taking? Who will supervise me?
  • Who do I go to when I have safety concerns?
  • Take note of your work environment – are there safety posters? Warning signs? Bulletin boards for safety messages? Do you see employers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)? 
  • Understand who your supervisor is, what their role is when it comes to protecting your health and safety and who to go to when you have questions.
  • Wear your gear and wear it correctly, when needed.
  • If you are unsure or feeling uncomfortable about something, always ask questions. It is better to be in the know than to be left wondering. 
  • Do your job and what is required of your position. Do not perform duties that are not required by your position unless asked by a supervisor. While it may seem like you are being helpful, performing a task without training could be dangerous. 
  • Rules exist for a reason - follow all rules on the job. The workplace is not a place to take risks. 
  • Take action when something isn’t right - report any dangers or hazards on the job to your supervisor, right away. If it makes things easier, buddy up when taking a concern to a supervisor. 
  • If you ever get hurt on the job, even if it is something minor, be sure to report your injuries to your supervisor or employer.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate – speak up and be honest with your supervisor when something isn’t right.
  • Exercise your three rights – the right to know, the right to participate, and the right to refuse unsafe work. 
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