Questions to Ask

Some important questions to ask your child when they start a new job include:

  • Did you receive a health and safety orientation and job-specific safety training on what you need to know to do your job safely? What did they discuss with you?
  • Who is supervising you to be sure you are doing the job safely?
  • Are you using any equipment or machinery? If so, have you been told how to use it properly?
  • Are there guards on the machinery to prevent you from getting caught or pulled in, or emergency stop buttons within reach in case the worst happens?
  • Do you know what to do if there is an emergency at your workplace?
  • Have you been told about any job hazards?
  • Do you know how to protect yourself from these hazards?
  • Are you working with any dangerous materials or chemicals?
  • If so, have you received training on how to use them safely? Have you been taught about reading safety labels, and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)?
  • Do you wear protective equipment on the job such as a hard hat, safety goggles and steel-toe boots? If so, do you know when to wear the equipment and how to wear it properly?
  • Is there a risk of you having a slip, trip or fall? Could you be lifting objects that are too heavy? If so, do you know how to avoid these risks?
  • Are you working from heights? If so, were you trained on how to use the proper safety equipment, such as a step or stock ladder or fall arrest system?
  • Do you have a safety representative at work, or someone you can talk to about your questions and safety concerns? Can you report any unsafe working conditions and injuries to them?


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