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Young and New Workers: Resources

There are many tools, videos, checklists, guides and handbooks — all available without charge — to help you through the process of safeguarding your young and new workers. This section is meant to provide you with easy access to the tools to make it as simple as possible for you to implement policies and training initiatives to be fully compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

OHS Guidelines on Young & New Worker Orientation and Training - WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC – OHS Guidelines on Young and New Worker Orientation and Training

This link defines all guidelines for orientation and training of young and new workers. Keep in mind that these are guidelines only, and may need to be interpreted or redefined to fit your specific business.

 

Safety Kit

Young & New Worker Safety Kit for the Tourism & Hospitality Industry - WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC - Young & New Worker Safety Kit for the Tourism & Hospitality Industry

This safety kit includes an overview for managers/owners on young worker safety. This safety kit addresses the 5 most common hazards faced by workers in tourism and hospitality: 1. Using Knives Safely; 2. Handling Hot Objects and Liquids Safely; 3. Using Kitchen Equipment Safely; 4. Lifting Safely; and 5. Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls. Information includes: safety "crew talks" with a guide for supervisors and handouts for workers as well as a poster to put up in your workplace.

 

Orientation & Training

Orientation and Training for Young and New Workers - go2
 

Orientation and Training for Young and New Workers

As an employer, you are responsible for ensuring that your workers are prepared for the job before they start working. This link will show you the four basic steps to conduct training or orientation session with the young and new workers at your workplace.

3 Step Guide to Effective Education & Training - WorkSafeBC
 

WorkSafeBC- 3 Step Guide to Effective Education & Training

Designed for employers and supervisors, this guide is meant to help employers and supervisors keep young and new workers safe on the job - and prevent painful and costly work-related injuries. This guide consists of three basic steps that will help you keep new and young workers safe on the job.

Top Seven dangers for Young Workers - WorkSafeBC
 

WorkSafeBC: Top Seven Dangers for Young Workers

This link shows you the top seven potential dangers for young and new workers, including risks that are pertinent to the tourism and hospitality industry. On this page you can also find useful resources and tool to help protect your employees. 

6-minute Safety Talks for Culinary Art Apprentices - WorkSafeBC
 

WorkSafeBC - 6-minute Safety Talks for Culinary Art Apprentices

This link takes you to a series of 6 minute safety talks - all specific to the restaurant and hospitality industry. They're designed to be presented at the beginning of a training session or a work shift. The safety talks mainly focus on culinary safety including knives, deep fat fryers, scalds and burns; however, a number of topics could be used throughout operations including stepladders, violence, harassment and working alone.

For each topic, you will find a student handout and an instructor's guide with suggested resources. 

Rights and Responsibilities Program - WorkSafeBC
 

WorkSafeBC – Rights and Responsibilities Program

WorkSafeBC offers a free, online, self-paced program that helps young workers, supervisors, and employers learn more about their health and safety rights and responsibilities.

Student WorkSafe Planning 10 Program - WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC - Student WorkSafe Planning 10 Program

This resource includes six different lesson plans with instructional plans, student handouts and assessments. Adapt some of the information into your own training programs to help you ensure you are compliant with regulations governing young and new employees.

 

Templates, Forms and Checklists

Sample Worker Orientation Checklist - WorkSafeBC
 

WorkSafeBC - Sample Worker Orientation Checklist

This very well-organized checklist is in PDF format. All you need to do is to open the link and print off the number of copies you require.

Training and Orientation for Young and New Workers - WorkSafeBC
 

WorkSafeBC - Training and Orientation for Young and New Workers

Need help working through orientations for young and new workers? Guidelines, definitions and useful checklists are presented here as PDFs for handy access and easy-to-print format.

Employee Orientation Check List

CCOHS - Employee Orientation Check List

Here's another version of the orientation checklist, this time from The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

 

Videos

Young and New Worker Videos - go2
 

CCOHS - Help Your New Workers Stay Safe Webinar

You will walk away from this one-hour webinar with a lot of useful resources to help your new and young workers stay safe. Covered topics include why new and young workers have higher accident rates, how the worker and the workplace contribute to the accidents, the types of training that are effective for new and young workers as well as training tips.

Young and New Worker Videos - go2

Young and New Worker Videos

Each of these easily accessible videos offers you quick reference to a variety of situations and challenges that you and your company might face when dealing with young and new workers.

 

Collateral

Government of Alberta – What are you working for?

Government of Alberta – What are you working for?

The following takes you to a series of 4 posters "What are you working for: stay safe to enjoy the stuff that matters" specifically target young workers.

Music
Snowsports
Shopping
Biking

 

Statistics

Did you know that in BC, one young worker is injured every hour?

Almost 10,000 young workers are injured in B.C. each year? More than half of these injuries happened within the first 6 months on the job?

The following reports provide you with more detailed statistics on young and new workers.

Provincial Overview, 2002 to 2006 - WorkSafeBC
 

WorkSafeBC Provincial Overview, 2002 to 2006

This link documents injuries and fatalities relating to young and new workers in recent years; some are lists of stats, some are in pie-chart or other graphic form. Serious injuries listed here include major fractures (such as skull, spine, pelvis, multiple fractures, etc.), amputations, third-degree burns, serious eye injuries, and other serious spinal, head or crushing injuries.

Hospitality - WorkSafeBC
 

WorkSafeBC Hospitality

Here are some chilling but informative statistics on various risks and potential dangers faced by young and new workers on jobs in the hospitality industry.

Statistics about Young Workers - WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC Statistics about Young Workers

General statistics for workplace accidents relating to young and new workers are presented in a graph format.

 

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