Guiding New and Young Workers to Safety

“Safe workers aren’t born. They’re taught.” This, according to a New and Young Worker Employer Guide developed by Workplace Safety North (WSN).  The fact is, new and young workers in Ontario are four times more likely to be injured on the job on the first month...

Marijuana: A Growing Workplace Hazard for Young Workers

‘It’s what the guys are doing on their breaks,’ according to one high school student working at a franchise of a national grocery store chain. And he’s not talking about resting their tired backs from all the boxes of soup cans they’ve restocked on to...

Traffic Control and Young Workers

At many construction and utility sites, young workers are often chosen for traffic control jobs in the summer. Doing traffic control may seem like the perfect summer job for a high school, college, or university student. They get to be outside all day, work in...

They Just Don’t Listen

It’s amazing.  You tell them something and it’s like they’re deaf; like they haven’t heard a word you said. They just keep going over the same points as if you didn’t hear them the first time.  You know who I’m talking about: parents of course. Surprised? ...

Eager to please. But at what cost?

For many young workers, having a part time job can be the difference between being able to pay for tuition or not.  This past year saw a reduction of available jobs for young people.  The shuttering of retail chains like Target, Future Shop, Jacob, Mexx...

Work/School/Life Balance

It’s September and your young worker kid has to balance their part time job with school. Not to mention life. Are they prepared to make the transition? They say ‘there are only so many hours in the day’, but try telling that to a young person...

Monkey See. Monkey Do.

Your young worker comes home from their first day on the job. You are comforted by the fact that they are being taken under the wing of an older, experienced manager. Should you be? Why shouldn’t you? It would be fair to assume that someone who...

Checking in with Your Young Worker

They’ve been at their summer job for quite a while. When was the last time you discussed their day to day from a health and safety perspective? Hopefully, when your young worker child started their job, you got a sense of health and safety attitudes and...