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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