Ministry of Labour

Parent Guide Ė December 2015

Talking with your teens about workplace safety during the holiday season

As we gear up for the holiday season, so do seasonal jobs (e.g. retail and restaurants) for teens and young adults. Do you have teens who are working this holiday season? Make sure they are aware of workplace hazards such as:

Make sure your teens know 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.

How to talk to your teens about health and safety

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

Letting our kids earn a living is a great way to help them to become responsible adults. As parents, we strive 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.

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