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Small Biz Safety Podcast Episode 19 | How can engaging young workers make your business better? Get training tips!

The summer season means many young workers are beginning new jobs. But is your business taking the steps needed to ensure their safety? Learn about the importance of health and safety training for young workers and get tips to make sure it’s engaging and memorable (16:30). Also, we welcome Elisa Kilbourne, a volunteer from Threads of Life, who shares her heartbreaking story about losing her son during a preventable workplace incident(1:50).

Note: This episode was recorded June 16, 2022. All information presented was in effect at that time. Please check with your local Public Health unit to confirm up-to-date prevention measures that are in place in your area.

Resources For This Week's Topics

Threads of Life -is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to supporting families after a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. Our network of family members and corporate partners believes traumatic workplace injuries, occupational diseases and deaths are preventable.

Survey spotlights failure to provide young workers with safety programs and training - Almost half of respondents said they don’t have safety programs for young workers. Strengthen your orientation and training with this 5-step plan.

Small Business Job Aids - safety information on common hazards in the workplaces.

Parents, supervisors and co-workers among greatest interpersonal influences in reducing young worker injuries - A national study examined for the first time who influences the safety behavior of young workers.

What we can all do to keep young and new workers safe - By the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Orientation and General Training Information - Orientation and general training information including, who needs training, when and what it should cover. - Health and safety training 

Keep Young Workers Safe - This short, animated video pinpoints the most frequent hazards for young workers and what you can do to keep them safe.

Safe for Work –aimed at young workers, the Safe for Work TikTok and Instagram channels promote young worker safety using short, fun videos.

Health & Safety Excellence Program (HSEP)  

Improve Safety. Double your Rebates -  The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is offering financial incentives for small to medium sized businesses with 1 – 99 full-time employees, who are enrolled in its Health & Safety Excellence program.

Contact Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Looking for Small Biz resources and more information? Visit the WSPS Small Business Centre

Have health and safety questions? Contact the WSPS Duty Consultant by email or call 1-877-494-WSPS (9777)

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