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Resources for Young Workers by Group - Educators

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The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent young worker injuries and illnesses. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.

If you have any questions please E-mail us at or phone 604-276-3100 in the Lower Mainland, or toll-free in British Columbia at 1-888-621-7233 (621-SAFE).

2016 Student Safety Video Contest updated item

Find out about the 2016 Student Safety Video Contest - winning entries.

Student WorkSafe 10-12 (2014) updated January 2014

Student WorkSafe has been updated and expanded, with new features to meet a variety of educational needs:

  • The resource addresses the workplace safety outcomes for a wider range of provincial curricula than in the past, including Planning 10, Graduation Transitions 10-12, Ministry-Authorized Work Experience 12, Secondary School Apprenticeship programs, and technology education classes.
  • The activities are adaptable to a variety of instructional settings, allowing teachers to use the materials in whole class, small group, and independent learning solutions.
  • The activities provide for greater student choice and flexibility, enabling students to personalize their learning by focussing on topics that are most relevant to their education and career goals.
  • The resource offers opportunities for students to think critically about workplace safety, and to relate workplace safety concepts to other areas of their lives---at school, at home, and in the community.

The Student WorkSafe 10-12 resource package consists of the following components:

  • Resource for Teachers - three instructional modules and support materials for teachers to deliver learning activities in a wide range of education settings (PDF 2 MB)
  • Independent Learning Guide - for students working on their own as part of a self-directed learning plan or distance education course (PDF 421 KB)
  • Student Resource Page - which contains worksheets, online resources, and links to print and video materials to support the various activities in both the Teacher Guide and the Independent Learning Guide
  • A Workplace Safety Knowledge Test (PDF 105 KB) and Answer Key (PDF 44 KB) for summarative assessment of student learning, and a Workplace Safety Certificate (PDF 27 KB) that students can use as evidence of learning for school or workplace purposes (the Answer Key and the Workplace Safety Certificate are password-protected: to obtain your password, please email

How can educators keep young workers safe?


This video is part of the Young Worker Focus Report.
(3 min 54 sec)

View the entire report in HTML

Young Worker Exposure Prevention Guides


If you are a career educator, or if you teach Planning 10, Applied Skills, or technology education, download or order the educator's guide to learn more about how youth respond to workplace exposures and how you can help raise awareness of the hazards they face.

6-minute Safety Talks for Apprenticeship Programs

image Safety is always a priority in the classroom, but it can sometimes be a challenge to work it into your instructional plans. WorkSafeBC has created a series of 6-minute safety talks for students in auto mechanic, culinary arts, hairstyling, plumbing, and woodworking apprenticeship programs. They're designed to be given at the beginning of a class - or anywhere else they fit into the schedule.

For each topic, we've provided a student handout and an instructor's guide with suggested resources.

View the resources:

image The program was piloted in several Richmond schools. See what students and teachers had to say about it in this video (6 minutes 30 seconds).

Young worker speakers network

WorkSafeBC has compiled a list of volunteer speakers who can talk to your school or parent advisory council (PAC) about health and safety and young worker issues. We have a variety of speakers with unique expertise and experiences ranging from injured young workers to business leaders to health and safety educators. Scroll through our speakers' profiles to choose the one(s) whose presentation is the best match for your audience. Detailed contact information can be found under each speaker's profile.

The Rights and Responsibilities Program

thumbnailThe Rights and Responsibilities Program is a self-paced, interactive, curriculum-based program that helps new and young workers understand their health and safety rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

The program builds on the work done in Student WorkSafe Planning 10, and directly supports prescribed and elective curricula at the grade 11-12 level.

It's designed for three primary audiences:

  • New workers, including student workers
  • Teachers facilitating work experience programs for students
  • Employers and supervisors

Getting a Job? Ask questions about safety.

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Pamphlet created with the help from members of the Young Worker Advisory Group, this simple document provides young and new workers with useful tips on how to address concerns about safety in the workplace.
* PDF 3.3 MB

Also available in the following languages:
 正在找寻工作 (Simplified Chinese, PDF 722 KB)
 正在找尋工作 (Traditional Chinese, PDF 387 KB)
 ਕੰਮ ਲੱਭਣਾ (Punjabi, PDF 186 KB)
 ¿Buscas un Nuevo Trabajo? (Spanish, PDF 3.2 MB)
 Có việc làm (Vietnamese, PDF 3.3 MB)

Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

"Be a Survivor" magazine

New Version of this full colour 8-page magazine features useful tips and articles on young worker safety. It's a great resource for youth and anyone who comes into contact with youth such as parents, educators, employers, labour and community groups.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (167 KB)
* Print copies are available from the WorkSafeBC Store

Al Appleton WorkSafe Award

In memory of Al Appleton, a long-serving WorkSafeBC manager who passed away in 2002, the Board has sponsored a B.C. Science Fair award for the best regional projects demonstrating the principles of occupational hygiene. Each regional winner will be awarded a prize of $100. The projects must show creativity and innovation in the field of workplace injury and disease prevention. Students from grades 7 to 12 are eligible for this award.

The 2013 award was presented to Jesse Plamondon. Read about his invention. (PDF 371 KB)

Information on Science Fair Foundation of B.C.

Workplace Health and Safety for Tourism and Hospitality Management Diploma Programs - resource package for instructors and students

cd_label This practical tool is a resource for teaching the basic concepts of workplace health and safety to students in tourism and hospitality management diploma programs.

The guides include:
  • general lessons, resources, and instructional tools for specific learning outcomes
  • multiple lesson plans for each learning outcome
  • a variety of extra resources to enhance your instructional plan

Source: WorkSafeBC in partnership with BC Centre for Hospitality Leadership & Innovation (BCCHLI) and BC Centre for Tourism Leadership and Innovation (BCTLI).

* View the resource online

Heads Up! for Safety

A Safety Handbook for Technology Education Teachers
Source: Government of British Columbia
* PDF Format (2 MB)

3 Steps to Effective Worker Education and Training

Designed for employers and supervisors, this guide offers a three-step framework based on orientation, education, and training new and young workers to be safe on the job.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (1 MB) Updated April 2012
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store

Young worker videos

video jacket cover Lost Youth Video-Four Stories of Injured Young Workers

Michael, Jennifer, John, and Nick all speak of losing their youth after suffering serious workplace accidents. Through dramatic recreations of these accidents and one-on-one discussions with the young people and their parents. Lost Youth tells four stories of lives forever altered.

video jacket cover The Supervisor
This video is a documentary-drama that examines issues related to supervisor responsibility for workplace health and safety. The video graphically depicts the emotional, legal, and financial consequences of a fictionalized workplace accident that leads to the death of a young worker.

Joe Who?
Young workers are often hard to reach, especially when it comes to workplace safety. Joe Who? is a valuable tool, giving young people a voice to speak to each other about the tragic consequences of workplace injuries, The play was written and performed by students from Matthew McNair Secondary School in Richmond. It offers a unique perspective on the challenges experienced by young workers in B.C.

Youth leader toolkit

Grade 10, 11 and 12 students: looking for a way to earn graduation portfolio credits? WorkSafeBC has a tool to help you.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (1 MB)

Student WorkSafe for Planning 10 (2007)

The Planning 10 edition of Student WorkSafe has been retained for teachers wishing to continue using this version.

Introduction (PDF 1 MB)

Lesson 1: Lost Youth
Lesson 2: Rights, Responsibilities, and a Safer Workplace
Lesson 3: Major Causes of Workplace Injury
Lesson 4: Hazard Recognition
Lesson 5: Personal Protective Equipment
Lesson 6: Occupational Health
Lesson 7: Workplace Violence


Student WorkSafe Modules for Kindergarten to Grade 12 (2001)

These classroom modules provide resources for teachers to teach health and safety for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. The materials include age-appropriate scenarios and activities that help students develop a strong safety attitude in their approach to tasks at school, at home, and in the community. While these resources were created in 2001 and have not been updated to reflect newer curriculum requirements, the topics and activities remain relevant, and teach important safety concepts for students of all ages.

Introduction (PDF 98 KB)

Grades 11/12
Module 2. Rights and Responsibilities for Safety Module 3. Personal Protective Equipment Module 4. Back Care
Grade 10
Module 1. WorkSafe an Attitude Module 2. Hazard Recognition Module 3. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Additional Module Grades 10 to 12. Hearing Protection
Grade 9
Module 1. Hazard Control Module 2. Responsibilities for Safety Module 3. Emergency and First Aid Procedures
Grade 8
Module 1. Hazard Evaluation Module 2. The Team Approach Module 3. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
Grade 7
Module 1. Transferable Skills Module 2. Safe Behaviours Module 3. Hearing Protection
Grade 6
Module 1. Hazard Recognition Module 2. Emergency Procedures
Grade 5
Module 1. Hazards: General and Immediate Module 2. Hazards: Materials and Substances
Grade 4
Module 1. Safety Rules Module 2. Hazards: Exposure Over Time
  • Lesson (PDF 193 KB)
  • Handouts (PDF 96 KB)
  • Visuals and Overheads (PDF 404 KB)
  • Additional Instructional Strategies (PDF 171 KB)
  • Additional Instructional Strategies Handouts (PDF 55 KB)
  • Grades 2/3
    Module 1. Hazards at Work and Play Module 2. Common Hazardous Materials
    Kindergarten/Grade 1
    Module 1. Recognizing Hazards Module 2. See It. Think It. Do It.


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