Information for Parents:
7 Things You'd Better Know to Keep Them Safe
|There are hazards in every
workplace and inexperienced young
workers are especially at risk.
Young workers between 15 and 24 are far more
likely to be hurt or made ill at work. In 2003,
more than 13,500 young workers were injured on the job; 8
of them were killed.
| Young workers need to be
able to identify the hazards
in their workplace.
Sure, youíve taught your children how to recognize
a hazard at home or on the street. But how do they
know that paint is safe? How do they know that
machine wonít start while itís being cleaned?
Have they been trained and
shown safe ways to do
Have they been trained
how to safely operate
any machinery they
Do you encourage
them to talk to you if
problems at work?
|The law protects workers
and gives them three important
All workers have the Right to Know about any
hazards in the job and how they can protect
All workers have the Right to Participate in keeping
their job and their workplace safe and healthy.
All workers have the Right to Refuse Unsafe Work.
No one can force a worker to do a job they believe
Do you regularly ask them about their workplace
and their job?
|The employer, supervisor(s), and the
worker all have legal responsibilities
to make sure the workplace is
healthy and safe.
The Law says everyone in the workplace has to do
his or her part.
Employers must tell workers about any hazards
and do everything reasonably possible to protect
workersí health and safety.
Supervisors must make sure workers have the
knowledge and tools they need to work safely.
Workers must follow the law, company safety
rules and always work safely.
|The employer and supervisor must
ensure that workers have the
information or required training and
equipment needed to protect
If a worker starts a new job, the supervisor must
make sure the worker knows how to do the job
safely and how to use any protective equipment
If the job involves hazardous materials like
chemicals the supervisor must make sure training is
If they havenít had this training, tell them they
should insist on it.
| If a worker is injured or made ill at
work, it must be reported to the
supervisor or employer.
Tell your children not to be afraid to report an
injury or illness, no matter how small. They should
tell the boss or supervisor about it right away.
| Itís not a game.
Young workers must
Make sure your children
understand their rights and
their duties and that they
need to work safely at all
Download the "7 things you'd better know brochure".
Download the "Parent Alert".
Download the "Protecting Young Workers Alert".