Keeping them Safe - Training
The New Brunswick Occupational Health and Safety Act gives all workers the right to know about workplace hazards, and to receive training on how to do their job safely.
Yes - offering adequate safety training to new workers takes time and resources, but consider*...
- Several cross-Canada studies have identified job training as the most effective way to reduce young worker injury rates, but a lack of adequate on-the-job training is prevalent within workplaces across Canada and internationally.
- Research shows that more than half of young workers are untrained in many important aspects of their work.
- The Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia cites lack of training as the most frequent cause for injuries to young workers.
- Young workers indicate the safety training they received at work tended to be reactive rather than proactive. In other words, safety-training activities were conducted after a workplace accident, not before.
- 90% of young workers agree that safety training could help prevent workplace accidents.
Moleman, S. (April 2006). Discovering the barriers to workplace health and safety training for new and young workers. Fredericton, NB. Faculty of Education, UNB.
If your company is unable to conduct safety training using its own resources, there are other options.
Safety training is available through many reputable organizations in the province, depending on your industry. If you have questions or would like a referral, please contact WorkSafeNB at 1 800 222-9775 and ask to speak to an education consultant.
Please Note: WorkSafeNB and YouthSafeNB take no responsibility for the content on these websites. They are provided as an information resource only.
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