Young Workers

Young workers in Ontario are three times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time. In the 2017 inspection Ministry of Labour Blitz results in Ontario indicate young workers continue to be exposed to many similar hazards in workplaces across all sectors, regardless of the size of the workplace or nature of business1. Young workers have the capacity to become valuable assets to the workplace, thus it is important to protect their employment rights and protect them from workplace injury and illness.

In this section you will find evidence-based tools and current research initiatives WSPS is pursuing to help employers better understand how to prevent young workers from illness/injury

1 Results: New and Young Workers Blitz 2016

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Tools and Resources

This section offers a growing list of free research articles.
NIOSH 8 Core Competencies: Help Protect Young Workers

NIOSH 8 Core Competencies: Help Protect Young Workers

The NIOSH 8 Core Competencies include eight steps that young workers can take to help ensure their safety in any workplace. The researchers used the Health Belief Model, an established theoretical framework for effecting change in health behavior, to guide the development of the NIOSH 8 Core Competencies. In practical terms, according to the researchers, teachers and administrators can incorporate the NIOSH 8 Core Competencies into school curricula to help ensure that young workers have the skills and knowledge they need to stay safe and healthy at work.
Mar 28, 2018
Parents, supervisors and co-workers among greatest interpersonal influences in reducing young worker injuries

Parents, supervisors and co-workers among greatest interpersonal influences in reducing young worker injuries

A new national study examined for the first time who influences the safety behavior of young workers aged 15 to 24. The researchers looked at six sources of influence; parents, siblings, teachers, friends, supervisors and co-workers to see how they related to the workers’ risk-taking behavior and frequency of minor work injuries. Their findings show that among the six sources of influence, parents, supervisors and co-workers had the largest positive influence. Young workers who are regularly exposed to supervisors’, co-workers’, and parents’ injunctive safety norms reported fewer work injuries via less frequent work-related risk-taking.

Mar 01, 2018
Young Workers in Ontario: Psychosocial Vulnerabilities and Employment Support Needs

Young Workers in Ontario: Psychosocial Vulnerabilities and Employment Support Needs

Vulnerable groups such as young workers are more likely to be in precarious employment. Precarious employment is defined as work that is part-time, seasonal or temporary. This type of employment impacts the traditional employee-employer relationship and puts young workers at greater risk of not receiving their employment standards entitlements. They may also lack the ability or the resources to understand their rights at work.

Feb 15, 2018