Attention younger workers
Forty percent of all workplace injuries happen during the first six months on the job. All of these injuries are preventable. Know your rights and responsibilities; inform yourself to protect yourself!
Common job hazards
- Physical: slips, trips, falls, noise, heat
- Chemical: dangerous and/or unlabelled liquids, gases
- Biological: body fluids, mould, bacteria
- Ergonomic: improper lifting, repetitive strain
- Psychosocial: bullying, overly demanding schedule
Workplace safety tips
- Get the training you need to be safe
- Ask for supervision
- Identify risks
- If you don’t know, ask
- Report hazards to your manager
- If you’re hurt, tell someone
- If something is bothering you, speak up
Be a workplace health and safety leader! Ask your supervisor how to get involved.
Employer’s obligations and responsibilities
- Inform you of the hazards in your workplace.
- Provide you with safety gear and training.
- Implement and enforce appropriate workplace health and safety policies.
- Do everything reasonable to protect you from work-related injuries and illnesses.
Every worker in Canada has the right to
- Know about the hazards in their workplace and how to protect themselves.
- Participate in workplace injury and illness prevention.
- Refuse dangerous work.
These rights are protected under Part II of the Canada Labour Code .
Every worker in Canada has the responsibility to
- Work safely: protect yourself and co-workers from harm
- Report: hazards or injuries to your manager
- Follow: the health and safety rules
- Wear: the safety gear required for the job
For information on health and safety or to report a serious injury, call the Labour Program toll-free at 1-800-641-4049
For more information on how to stay safe on the job, visit our young workers page.
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