Ministry of Labour

Parent Guide April 2016

Parent guide to talking about workplace safety

It’s that time of year when students are finishing up semesters at colleges and universities across Ontario and are venturing out to their summer jobs. Here are a few topics to consider when talking to your children about their job this summer:

Working on Ladders

Your children may be working with a company that provides construction, maintenance, landscape services, home renovations, window washing, retail jobs or any other jobs that require them to use ladders. Here are some questions you can ask them if they will be on jobs that require them to work on ladders:

Heat Stress

As the spring and summer months approach, everyone is at risk of heat stress, especially when working outdoors. If your children will be working in the landscaping, construction, farming or manufacturing sector, or any other sector that may require they work in high-heat settings, you may want to ask them questions along the lines of:

Right to Participate, Know & Refuse

Make sure your children are aware that, as workers, they have three basic rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA):

They should also be aware that the Act prohibits employers from punishing them if they exercise these rights. They can learn more by completing Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps.

Sometimes, it is challenging to communicate with children about things that concern us as parents. Here are a few tips on communicating with your children about health and safety at work:

Letting our children earn a living is a great way to help them to become responsible adults. As parents, it is our responsibility to find effective ways to communicate with them about health and safety and their workplace rights.

For more information and resources, please visit the Ministry of Labour Young Worker page or contact the Ministry of Labour through the Contact page.

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