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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 2015 Student Safety Video Contest.
If you are a young worker, download or order the young worker guides to learn about exposure risks in your workplace, as well as your rights and responsibilities.
This video is part of the Young Worker Focus Report.
(2 min 59 sec)
View the entire report in HTML
What is Youth Week?
Youth Week is an international celebration of youth held annually from May 1 to May 7. It is a week of fun, interaction and celebration aimed at building a strong connection between young people and their communities and profiling the issues, accomplishments and diversity of youth across the province.
Why is WorkSafeBC involved?
Every day, close to 30 young people in B.C. get injured on the job. With a goal of preventing youth injuries, WorkSafeBC is proud to sponsor B.C. Youth Week, helping youth to engage in positive activities that empower them to be safe and healthy at work.
How can you get involved?
Would you like to help your friends to stay safe on the job? If you will be organizing a Youth week event, you can do this by including safety information in your event. Opportunities are endless -- from safety scavenger hunts or spot the hazard competitions, to presentations by injured workers, and more.
Youth Week events are currently planned by young people like you in 16 municipalities, including Abbotsford, Burnaby, Campbell River, Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Penticton, Pitt Meadows, Port Moody, Richmond, Vancouver, and West Vancouver. To find out more about events you can help organize or attend, contact the youth program coordinator in your community.
Think outside the box, be creative and most of all -- have fun. If you will need help from WorkSafeBC staff or would like to run your ideas by us, please email .
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)
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:
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.
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.
Also available in the following languages:
This booklet provides information on ways to prevent tree planting injuries by using good planting techniques, maintaining good physical fitness, and choosing an appropriate shovel.
* (PDF 433 KB)
* Also available in French (PDF 431 KB)
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store