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Title: Workplace Safety


1
Workplace Safety
  • Young Workers

2
Why is this important?
  • Canadian statistics show that one in seven young
    workers are injured on the job. The leading
    causes of death among young workers are
    electrocution and machine injury.

3
More statistics
  • In one year alone, 110 000 young people (15-29)
    were seriously injured on the job.
  • These statistics mean that young workers
    represent one in every four injured workers in
    Canada.

4
Wake up smell the coffee
  • These numbers are far too high and show that we
    should all do more to learn about working safely.

5
Understanding Your Rights
  • Right to Know You have the right to know about
    unsafe materials and/or dangerous machinery in
    your workplace. The first step is to get proper
    health safety training, including learning how
    to identify workplace hazards and know the proper
    course of action when there is an accident or
    spill.

6
Your Rights
  • Right to Participate You should report any
    unsafe practices or conditions you see. Many
    workplaces have committees devoted to health
    safety. Learn whom you can get help from if you
    have questions about the safety of your working
    conditions.

7
Your Rights
  • Right to Refuse Unsafe Work If you think that
    the work you do or the piece of equipment you use
    is unsafe, you can stop the work immediately by
    citing your legal right to refuse unsafe work.
    Contact your supervisor or health safety
    representative to find out how to correct the
    unsafe situation.

8
Asking Questions
  • Everyone needs to have his/her tasks explained.
    Your employer should first explain your duties,
    then show you what to do. If you have a good
    understanding of the tasks, you should be able to
    explain them back to your supervisor.

9
Asking Questions
  • Once you can do this, try to perform the tasks
    under supervision at least for the first few
    times to be sure you understand all the
    details.

10
Its okay to ask questions!
  • If you dont understand the instructions, its
    okay to ask questions.
  • Understanding the instructions means that you
    will have a much greater chance of doing the work
    properly safely.

11
Rules for Working Safely
  • Dont do any task until youve been properly
    trained.
  • If youre getting too much information too fast,
    ask your supervisor to slow down and repeat the
    instructions.
  • Dont leave your work site unless youve been
    told to do so. Other work sites may have special
    hazards you dont know about (e.g. toxic
    chemicals, power lines, slippery floors, etc.)

12
And
  • If you are unsure of something ask! A
    supervisor or co-worker may help you to prevent
    an accident from happening.
  • Dont hesitate to ask for more training.
  • Wear the proper personal protective equipment.
  • Find out what to do in an emergency situation.
  • Report any accidents to your supervisor
    immediately.

13
Before you even take a job
  • At the job interview make a mental note of the
    following
  • ?Did the employer mention any equipment that you
    might be working with?
  • ?If so, will you be trained how to use it
    safely?
  • ?Did you see warning signs posted in hazardous
    areas?

14
And..
  • Are there safety posters on the walls?
  • Did you notice a bulletin board for safety
    messages?
  • Are the employees wearing protective equipment
    (e.g. safety glasses, safety shoes, gloves, hard
    hat)?

15
Young Workers at Risk
  • Young workers are often so intent on impressing a
    potential employer at a job interview that they
    often neglect to ask about workplace safety or
    job training.
  • Some young workers claim to understand the safety
    instructions they are given when they really
    dont in order to please the trainer.

16
Be Safe!
  • To achieve the highest level of safety you must
    possess KNOWLEDE about the hazards you may
    encounter, PRACTICAL SKILLS to avoid them, and
    MOTIVATION to apply your safety skills and
    knowledge.

17
A few practical tips..
  • If you arent given one, ask for a copy of the
    safety rules.
  • Ask experienced employees (during training) about
    safety hazards.
  • Learn how to recognize the WHMIS hazard symbols
    and know what they mean.
  • Know how to wear your protective equipment
    properly.
  • Follow all safety precautions.

18
Remember
  • If there is any doubt in your mind as to the
    safety of the materials you are handling or the
    duties of your employment, you have the right
    the responsibility to bring your concerns to the
    supervisors attention. Ultimately you have the
    right to REFUSE unsafe work, and employers cannot
    fire anyone for exercising this right.
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