Young people across Ontario are now working in their summer jobs, some of them for the first time.
As a parent, I know we’re all proud when our kids enter the workforce.
But, every year, more than 6,000 young workers in Ontario are injured seriously enough to need time off work. That’s roughly 17 workers every single day.
That’s why I’m so pleased that my ministry is supporting our health and safety system partners in their efforts to combat this problem.
For example, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services is launching their new awareness campaign — Bring Safety Home.
Bring Safety Home will focus specifically on helping parents and other influencers including friends, teachers and support networks aiming to make work safer for Ontario’s youth.
By visiting BringSafetyHome.com, you’ll find a range of resources to help you play a more significant role in youth workplace safety.
This includes video perspectives on young worker safety from business owners, therapists, health and safety experts and young workers themselves. It also has important information on worker rights that all parents should have.
You can also follow the campaign on Twitter at @BringSafetyHome.
The resources section of the website includes a quiz with sample questions for parents and other adults to ask young people about their jobs.
· Do you know if your child has received formal safety training at their workplace?
· Do you know if they know where the first aid kit is at their workplace?
· Do you know if anyone has been injured in your child’s workplace?
· Do you know what any of the hazards are in your child’s workplace?
· Do you know the three basic workers’ rights?
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, every worker has the three basic rights: to know the hazards of the job, participate in safety training and refuse unsafe work.
All of us — employers, supervisors, parents and workers — have a role to play in making sure our young people are protected and treated fairly.
Please visit BringSafetyHome.com to learn more about how you can make a positive difference.
Together, we can build a brighter future for all Ontarians.
Minister of Labour