Young or New to the Workforce?

A young worker is considered someone who is between the ages of 18-24.  These workers lack experience and knowledge and could potentially injure themselves on the job.

Someone who is new to the workforce could be an individual coming back to the workforce after an extended time off, someone new to the country or someone with a language/literacy barrier.

Why is it important to provide these workers with information to protect themselves?

“Because an average of 36 young Ontario workers are injured, made ill, or killed on the job every day. Think of it. That’s almost two young workers injured every hour of every day and every night, seven days a week, and it’s often because of what they didn’t know.” (source: YWAP website)

Here are  seven things you should know to protect yourself:

  1. What you don’t know can hurt you. There are hazards in every workplace and you – the young and inexperienced worker – are especially at risk.
  2. What you do know can save your life. You need to be able to identify the hazards in your workplace.
  3. The Law protects… You have the legal right to health and safety.
  4. The Law expects… Your employer, your supervisor(s), and you all have legal responsibilities to make sure the workplace is healthy and safe.
  5. You can expect… Your employer and your supervisor must ensure you have the information or required training and equipment you need to protect yourself.
  6. You must report… If you are injured or become sick at the workplace, you must report it to your supervisor.
  7. Don’t gamble with your health and safety. It’s not a game. You need to protect yourself.

For further information on health and safety for young and new workers, please visit the WSIB’s Young Worker Awareness Program.