Young workers: Protect yourselves at work!

There are potential hazards in every workplace; some are obvious, but many aren’t. While all workplace accidents and injuries are preventable, you might not have the knowledge or experience you need to protect yourself. Staying safe on the job should be your first priority. Know your rights and responsibilities and then make safety a habit. It could save your life.

Your three rights

The Canada Labour Code protects employees in federally regulated workplaces. Under Part II, you have the right to:

  1. know about the hazards in your workplace and how to protect your health and safety;
  2. participate in health and safety prevention; and
  3. refuse dangerous work.

Your responsibilities

You have the responsibility to:

  • protect yourself and your co-workers from harm;
  • report hazards or injuries to your manager;
  • follow the health and safety rules; and
  • use safety gear required for the job.

Your employer’s responsibilities

An employer has the obligation and responsibility to:

  • inform you of the hazards in your workplace;
  • ensure safety gear is available and being used;
  • provide you with training;
  • implement and enforce workplace health and safety policies; and
  • provide a safe and healthy workplace.

Find out more on staying safe at work

Labour Program publications:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website – Young workers zone

Provinces and territories regulate many industries that young workers are employed in such as retail, hospitality/catering and tourism. For more valuable resources, check out the following links:

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