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:
- Falls from ladders
(e.g., while hanging store decorations and product displays or stocking shelves)
- Being struck by
objects or equipment (e.g., dropped merchandise or tools, moving dollies or
- Sprains and
strains to shoulder, back or neck (e.g., improper lifting and handling of heavy
or large objects, repeated bending, stooping or overhead reaching)
- Electrical or burn
hazards (e.g., putting up decorative lights)
- Sharp tools (e.g.,
knives, box cutters) or power tools that can cause cuts, bruises and serious
- Slips and trips (e.g.,
wet or slippery floor surfaces or walkways cluttered with merchandise)
sure your teens know that, as workers, they have three basic rights under the Occupational Health and Safety
- The "right
to participate" in the process of identifying and resolving health and
- The "right
to know" about any hazards to which they may be exposed
- The "right
to refuse work" that they believe is dangerous
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.
talk to your teens about health and safety
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:
- Have a two-way
parents worry about their kidís safety. But donít let your fear be the focus or
reason for discussing safety. Have a two-way conversation
and let them feel responsible for their own health and safety.
- Remind them
that no job or amount of money is worth the risk of injury. Tell them there is always another
job opportunity, but they only have one set of hands, eyes, and legs and these
are not easily replaced.
- See how much they
know about the job. Ask
your kids specific questions about what potential hazards they may face on the
job and if they know who to speak to about any concerns they may have.
- Spot fatigue. Do they look tired from work or social
activities over the holidays? Remind them that lack of rest can create stress
and fatigue, leading to increased risk of injury 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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