July 2024 Changes

As of July 2, 2024, the Live Safe! Work Smart! website will no longer be active.

Health and safety advice for educators, students and youth can be accessed through the following resources:

For inquiries, please contact PreventionFeedback@ontario.ca

Live Safe! Work Smart!

What's New?

Congratulations to the 2018-19 It's Your Job Student Video Contest Winners!

The annual It's Your Job Student Video Contest helps high school students learn and talk about occupational health and safety on the job. 

This year, the ministry received 56 entries from across Ontario from 124 student participants and 34 schools.

Ontario’s first place video advanced to a national contest and tied for first-place in the National Student Video Contest held by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

The Ontario winners are:

1st Place:
Training Works
By: Khalass Christopher and Team
School: Honourable W.C. Kennedy Collegiate 
Teacher sponsor: Megan Simon

2nd Place:
Know Your Rights
By Erica Mendeonca and Team
School: St. Francis Xavier High School  
Teacher Sponsor: Achille Lombardi

3rd Place
Workplace Safety PSA
By: Michael Jie Zhang and Team
School: A Y Jackson Secondary School
Teacher Sponsor: Dave St. Pierre

Thank you for all who participated in this year’s contest and congratulations to all the winners!

We want to hear from you

We are always looking for feedback, suggestions or comments on how we can improve the video contest. Please share your ideas with us via email: videocontest@ontario.ca.

Free Health and Safety Awareness Resources

Ontario’s curriculum includes requirements that Ontario students understand the importance of health and safety at work. The Ministry of Labour has free resources that can help teachers and educators teach students about health and safety.

These resources were developed by the ministry to support employers in training workers to meet mandatory awareness requirements under O.Reg. 297/13. In addition,  these free resources can also be used to help familiarize students with their rights and responsibilities under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, and other matters relating to occupational health and safety.

Resources include a worker awareness eLearning module or alternative HTML and PDF versions of the training for in-class use. The training covers:

As future young workers, it is in all of our interest to ensure that young people are aware of their rights and responsibilities at work, and the importance of health and safety.

For more information on awareness eLearning resources contact us at: PreventionFeedback@ontario.ca.

Live Safe! Work Smart! Resources now available on Publications Ontario

The Ministry of Labour has made it easier and faster to access the Live Safe! Work Smart! resources. For your convenience, Live Safe! Work Smart! resources are now available free of charge through Publications Ontario.

Please visit www.publications.serviceontario.ca to create an account and order your resources online. Search “Live Safe! Work Smart!” to select the resources you need. These will be shipped directly to the address you provide. 

While you are there, you may wish to explore the many other resources available from Publications Ontario.

Classroom Guest Speakers

Teachers and students appreciate a guest speaker who can reinforce key messages the teacher has already delivered to meet the health and safety requirements in the policy document. Some schools have established relationships with local experts to speak to their students. For those looking for community experts who can deliver a young worker safety awareness message for a school assembly or for the classroom, here are a few organizations to contact:

  1. Workplace Safety Prevention Services (WSPS) speakers - email ywapregistration@wsps.ca or call toll free: 1-877-494-WSPS (9777)
  2. Threads of Life - Workplace Tragedy Family Support Association

Expanded Definition of Worker under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage expanded to unpaid co-op students and learners in work placements, effective November 20, 2014. Learn more about the occupational health and safety act.

New collection of resources for student safety education

A 12 page collection [PDF 1.18  MB] of teacher-friendly, classroom-ready interactive safety games, videos, posters and other safety awareness materials was assembled as an update to the Live Safe! Work Smart! resource for cooperative education, but is also well-suited to Career and Guidance, Technical education, and any teacher or subject area looking for fresh ideas to educate students about workplace health and safety and employment rights and responsibilities.

Coop resource

The Live Safe! Work Smart! Resources for Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning is available for download in PDF format. This resource is designed to address the emerging needs of teachers arising from the Ministry of Education's expansion of cooperative education. It replaces the coop appendix document published back in 2002. Read more about coop education resources.

Resources for elementary school teachers

The 200-page full-colour resource, which is in both print and CD formats, will provide lessons and activities that emphasize the fundamentals of health and safety for students at home, school, work, while volunteering, and at play. All activities are curriculum-based, most meeting multiple cross-curricular expectations. Read more about resources for elementary school teachers.

Seven basic safety lessons

cover of Special Needs ResourceIf you need to teach students about health and safety, and have students with special needs or students who respond best to visual lessons and simple concepts, you can use our Live Safe! Work Smart! Resources for Teachers of Students with Special Learning Needs.

This coil-bound resource book provides seven simple and straightforward health and safety lessons designed, in consultation with life skills teachers, for use in teaching students who may be deaf, blind, have a learning disability, or simply need a different approach to learning. Read more on seven basic safety lessons.

NOTE: The resources available on this website may be out-of-date or not aligned with respect to the Ministry of Education's curriculum policy documents. Therefore, it might not be sufficient or suitable to be used for teaching and learning regarding health and safety. For current information on the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Education's website.

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