The BC tourism industry is one of the largest employer of youth – one-third of employees are between the ages of 15-24. Entering the workforce for the first time can be intimidating for young workers, and statistics show that more than half of workplace accidents involve young and new workers during their first six months on the job.
Understanding workplace safety and having effective training is the best way to prevent accidents. Designed specifically for youth, the new Foundations of Workplace Safety course helps young people prepare for and enter the workplace with confidence. The course covers relevant topics that young workers often ask or are unsure about, including:
- What are my rights and responsibilities as a worker? What about my employer?
- What is the right to refuse unsafe work?
- What are some common workplace health and safety hazards in tourism and hospitality?
The course is available online and requires approximately 3 hours to complete. Successful completion of this course is equivalent to obtaining WHMIS certification (as endorsed by WorkSafeBC), and can be used towards credits in the BC high school Workforce Training Certificates 12 program.
Learning Outcomes / Topics
1. Describe the regulatory framework governing workplace safety in British Columbia
- the purpose and scope of the “rules”
- the main constituents of the regulatory framework (the Act, the OHS Regulation, WorkSafeBC)
- the main rights and responsibilities of both employers and workers (including the right to refuse unsafe work)
- the main regulatory provisions that apply specifically to the Tourism and Hospitality industry
2. Recognize common workplace health and safety hazards within the Tourism and Hospitality industry
- slips, trips, falls
- cuts and burns
- food contaminants and allergens
- MSIs (strains, sprains)
- bullying/harassment/workplace violence
- contact with hazardous materials and equipment
3. Demonstrate an understanding of WHMIS 2015
- Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
- Safety Data Sheets
- symbols (type of hazard)
- awareness of WHMIS 1988
4. Identify risk mitigation/prevention strategies used within the Tourism and Hospitality industry
- worker training (safe use of tools and equipment) – introductory and ongoing
- safe work practices
5. Give examples of possible emergency situations within the Tourism and Hospitality industry and of appropriate responses
- allergic reactions
- airst aid response
- accident/incident investigation
- natural disasters (earthquake, storm, flooding) and other emergencies (fire)
6. Apply specific communication skills to clearly, respectfully, and proactively address health and safety issues in the workplace
- confirming understanding
- refusing unsafe work
7. Demonstrate an ability to access information and support pertaining to health and safety in their workplace
- their employer’s health and safety Worker Representative or joint health and safety committee
- WorkSafeBC (inspections, orders, sanctions)
- Health Authorities
- go2HR (e.g. regarding training)
- CCOHS (e.g. regarding WHMIS)
For more information, contact the go2HR Industry Health & Safety Team.