Young workers: Our newest and most inexperience workers (ages 14 to 24) can face a daunting task – successfully integrating into a new environment, exceeding their employers ‘and co-workers’ expectations and learning how to properly protect themselves from injury.
Vulnerable workers: Immigrants, migrants, and other disadvantaged workers face unique challenges; they are often unaware of their rights and potentially face communication or cultural challenges, placing them at higher risk for injury.
New workers: Those who are the job for less than 6 months or are assigned to a new job.
Young, vulnerable & new workers in Ontario are 4 times more likely to be injured on the job during the first month of employment than at any other time.
Employers must: Provide information and instruction to workers on how to protect their health & safety in the workplace.
Take every reasonable precaution to protect workers
Ensure workers meet min. age requirements
Ensure all equipment, materials, and protective devices are well maintained & used per mfg. instructions
Ensure workers receive appropriate training, supervision & PPE
Prepare & review Health & Safety Policy, prepare & maintain a program implementing the policy
Clients: Provide a site specific orientation, reporting procedures, introduction to H & S rep., orientation to worksite and duties prior to start of work. Identify any potential hazards and the controls taken to ensure the Health & Safety of all workers.
Be aware of potential hazards
Be trained in safe practices & procedures
Work in compliance with OHSA
Report any known workplace hazards or contraventions of the OHSA to your supervisor & MSI consultant
Be aware of your rights! Rights to Know, to Participate, to Refuse unsafe work