The Young Worker Awareness Program

Worker on Scaffolding. Image Credit: Public Domain.

Summer is just around the corner and that means a lot of young workers are about to enter the workforce.

Taking a job in a factory or on a construction site is a great way for students to earn some extra money, but it can be a dangerous environment in which to work.  While the vast majority of businesses, including Norsteel,  make worker’s safety their first priority, it’s important for all workers to know their individual rights.

The Young Worker’s Awareness Program (YWAP) is an invaluable resource for full and part-time workers in the Province of Ontario between the ages of 15 and 24.  The website contains health and safety information for young employees, their employers, as well as their parents and educators.  It references a variety of issues that youths may face in a typical work day and provides advice on how to report a potentially dangerous situation to a supervisor.

According to YWAP, “42 young Ontario workers are injured, made ill, or killed on the job every day … that’s almost 2 young workers injured every hour of every day and every night, seven days a week, and it’s often because of what they didn’t know.”

In partnership with the Worker’s Safety and Insurance Board, YWAP sets out to educate youths in hopes of avoiding preventable tragedies on Ontario’s work sites.

The program, which is comprised of a general assembly presentation and a classroom instruction segment, is available to all high school students in the province of Ontario.  Trained instructors use videos in combination with other educational materials to deliver their “crucial message” to Ontario youths.  After each presentation, students are given resource booklet.

YWAP is offered to Ontario Youths by the Industrial Accident Prevention Association, the Ontario Service Safety Alliance and the Workers Health and Safety Centre, organizations funded by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board of Ontario.

For more information, visit YWAP online, call 1-800-663-6639 or send an e-mail to: info@youngworker.ca.

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