Every day in our province, young workers are injured on the job. The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) is committed to building a culture of safety amongst our youth, with the goal of promoting workplace safety now, and in the future.
School teachers have the unique privilege of sharing in the shaping of our future workforce, given the daily opportunities they have to address issues that are important to the present and future lives of their students. Even while students are busy acquiring skills and knowledge they will need for life careers, they are already spending several hours each week actively engaged in the workplace. Even while students are dreaming of future plans, they are placing themselves at risk of not ever being able to realize those dreams.
As part of NAOSH (North American Occupational Safety and Health) Week, WHSCC invites all high school teachers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to spend some time discussing young worker safety. To this end we have developed a ready-to-use lesson, designed to cover one class period, but adaptable to whatever time permits. The power point presentation is meant to be teacher-led, while students follow along and complete the activities on the downloadable student worksheet. The teacher notes may be helpful to teachers in preparation for teaching this lesson.
Our youth have unique health and safety challenges. These challenges are impacted by a lack of awareness of their rights and responsibilities as they pertain to health and safety on the job. Targeting young workers through prevention education activities is one of the ways WHSCC is committed to transforming attitudes and behaviours related to young worker safety.