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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.
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Find out about the 2016 Student Safety Video Contest - winning entries.
Student WorkSafe has been updated and expanded, with new features to meet a variety of educational needs:
The Student WorkSafe 10-12 resource package consists of the following components:
This video is part of the Young Worker Focus Report.
(3 min 54 sec)
View the entire report in HTML
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.
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:
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).
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 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:
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)
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.
* PDF (167 KB)
* Print copies are available from the WorkSafeBC Store
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.
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.
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
A Safety Handbook for Technology Education Teachers
Source: Government of British Columbia
* PDF Format (2 MB)
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.
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.
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.
Grade 10, 11 and 12 students: looking for a way to earn graduation portfolio credits? WorkSafeBC has a tool to help you.
* PDF (1 MB)
The Planning 10 edition of Student WorkSafe has been retained for teachers wishing to continue using this version.
Introduction (PDF 1 MB)
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)