As the school year comes to an end, the summer job season for young workers begins. Many young workers may be marking their initial venture into the workforce. Establishing a solid foundation of safety practices during these early stages shapes their approach towards workplace safety. It will influence the safety standards they will carry throughout the rest of their careers. In 2022, 2,908 workers under the age of 25 were injured on the on job in Nova Scotia – 566 of them lost time from work because of their injuries, compared to 599 in 2021 and 519 in 2020. Employers, parents, and teachers have a responsibility to establish, reinforce, and demonstrate the importance of their safety. Use the resources below to help prevent workplace injury and build good habits they will take with them through the rest of their careers. Your Responsibilities and Opportunities Workers Employers As an employee, you are expected to take every reasonable precaution to protect your own health and safety, and that of other people at or near the workplace. You have a right to know about workplace hazards and how to keep yourself and others safe, to take part in making the workplace safe, and to refuse work that is not safe for you or another worker. Read more: Internal Responsibility System Under the OH&S Act, employers must take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of people at or near the workplace. When it comes to young workers, you have an obligation to provide leadership and mentorship to help them understand why workplace safety should be their number one priority. You are required to help them access the tools and training they need to make it so. Read more: Supervisors, It’s Your Job Parents Teachers You taught your kids to look both ways and to not talk to strangers. It is just as important to talk to your kids about workplace safety. Young workers and new workers are five times more likely to be hurt in the first month than workers who have been in their current job more than one year. Ask your child about their safety at work. Read more: For Parents ; Questions to Ask Your Kid Workplace health and safety education and training are vital to how students and adult learners think about staying safe at work. Our free resources are designed to support teaching and learning in career colleges, community based learning organizations and the public school system. Read more: Classroom Resources Resources for Young Workers The resources below can be used and shared to help young workers understand their rights and responsibilities, and help set them up for long-term success. Worksafeforlife.ca/youngworkers Check out our young worker hub for a compilation of some of our best tips and prevention resources for young workers, including videos, discussion guides, workplace kits and much more. We’re always adding new blogs and safety resources to worksafeforlife.ca, so be sure to come back often! Rod Stickman – Young Worker Health and Safety Meet Rod Stickman. Fun, a little quirky, and packed with information (plus a cow, a bear, and a monkey) this video covers big issues in workplace safety, in an entertaining way. It's a great way to get the conversation about safety started, for young workers and veterans alike. Use our discussion guides and tip sheets to cover what you learned together. Staying Safe on the Job - Young Worker Brochure This downloadable/printable brochure includes important information for young workers on their rights, how to identify risks, and tips for talking to their boss about safety. Make it a part of your orientation package for all young workers. Young Worker Safety Kit The Safety Sticks kit is designed to help prevent young worker injuries by opening up a dialogue about workplace safety. The kit includes tools and strategies to help you work together with your young workers to create a safer work environment, including informative stickers, posters, pledge forms and more. Order your free kit today. Q&A for Young Workers If I’m hurt at work, what do I do? Who do I go to if I have any safety concerns? Young workers have lots of great questions, and we’ve got answers. Check out our FAQ section that will help your young workers understand some of the safety basics they may be wondering about, and make sure to discuss the specific details about your workplace. What Matters Most Safety Quiz Put everything you learned on worksafeforlife.ca to the test by taking our safety quiz. Get any wrong? Take another look around the site to find the information you need to ensure you're set up for success. CCOHS – Young Worker Zone The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s Young Worker Zone provides resources for workers, employers, parents and teachers, including videos, fact sheets, posters, quizzes and much more. Spend some time browsing through this section and encourage your co-workers to do the same. How are Nova Scotia's young workers getting hurt? Here are some of the ways workers under 25 were hurt in 2022: Chemical burn on right hand from propane Ladder fell on worker's head causing concussion and laceration Worker slipped on ice causing shoulder injury Lower back injury caused by repetitive heavy lifting and carrying Loss of vision in right eye from nail gun Ankle injury caused by worker falling down the stairs while carrying buckets Which industries are Nova Scotia's young workers getting hurt in? Retail: 431 young workers in 2022 Accommodation, Food and Beverage: 311 young workers in 2022 Manufacturing: 365 young workers in 2022 Construction: 371 young workers in 2022 Find injury prevention tips for these industries here .