Young Worker Awareness Program

A Union Working in Your Community

Things you should ask when you start your new job:

How do I know what the dangers are?

What are my rights?

Who should I talk to?

What if I get hurt?

In Ontario, from 2001 to 2005, 52 young workers from the age of 15 to 24 died on the job and another 133 are hurt or seriously injured every day at work. When you're a young worker, it's hard to know when you're in danger. It's even harder to go and tell someone about it. You don't want people to think you're lazy or can't do the job or maybe your afraid of being reprimanded or fired. But every time you report a health and safety hazard in the workplace, or ask for training on the job, you're helping to prevent an injury or death.

Prevention is the key.

This is the time to learn about your rights and how to recognize the risks at work.

The United Steelworkers Young Worker Awareness Program focuses on students as workers part time, summer jobs, coop programs, or students getting ready to start full-time work. A Steelworker Health and Safety Instructor will enter your school to review with the students their rights and the responsibilities of all workplace parties as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

We are in our twelfth consecutive year that the Steelworkers offer this free presentation in Northern Ontario schools.

For more information contact us.

Respectfully yours,

Tina Vincent-Gagnon

USW Young Worker Awareness


e-mail tgagnonŠ

phone # 675-3381 or 682-5252

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