Young workers, aged 15-24, bring energy and fresh ideas to a workplace but they are three to four times more likely to be hurt on the job within the first six months of employment than the average Canadian worker. Source: Institute for Work and Health (Ontario)
As an employee in any type of job, you have a responsibility to:
If you don’t comply with these responsibilities, a WorkSafeNB health and safety officer may write an order requiring you to do so. Failure to comply with an order of this kind could result in prosecution.
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THREE RIGHTS TO PROTECT YOU?
The Occupational Health and Safety Act protects workers of ALL ages, working at full or part-time jobs.
As an employee, you have three rights to protect you:
Top places where injuries are happening to N.B. workers aged 15 to 24:
Do I feel that I am at risk of getting injured?
If you answered YES, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Report your safety concern to your supervisor. If the problem is resolved, return to work. If not,
Step 2: Report the matter to your Joint Health and Safety Committee or your health and safety representative. If it’s still not resolved,
Step 3: Call WorkSafeNB at 1 800 999-9775 and explain the situation. Return to the task only when you feel the situation is no longer dangerous.
In all cases, you must stay on the job until your supervisor(s) and JHSC work with you to resolve your concerns.
HOW CAN YOU BE A HEALTH AND SAFETY LEADER?
At WorkSafeNB, we are committed to protecting ALL workers.
No question or concern is too small – we are here to help you! Your call is confidential and free. Call us at 1 800 999-9775.
We make sure that your right to safety in the workplace is protected.
All workers are entitled to a safe work environment and may be eligible for workers’ compensation in the event of a work-related injury or illness.
The following resources will help:
WorkSafeNB Guide to OHS Legislation (app and website)