If your agency is providing workplace entry programing, teaching pre-employability skills or EAL, making available supportive employment options, offering counseling supports and services for job seekers, or undertaking occupational training, you should seriously consider having SAFE Workers of Tomorrow speak with your clients about workplace safety and health.
Many workers who are new or casually connected to the labour market, have lower educational attainments or limited English language literacy, are at a higher risk of being injured at work. Here are some sobering findings from recent studies:
- New workers in their first month of employment are four times more likely to be badly injured than workers who have over one year in their current job
- The work-related injury rate for young people who are out of school and who do not have a high school diploma is three times higher than those in some type of educational program who had also graduated from high school
- Recent immigrants not only have poorer job situations than workers born in Canada, but immigrant men are also twice as likely to sustain workplace injuries that require medical care compared with men born in Canada
- Certain work characteristics associated with precarious employment (such as low pay, no pay increases, substantial unpaid overtime, no pension and manual work) put workers at increased risk
- People with limited literacy skills are less likely to be aware of their rights under workplace safety legislation. Without awareness of their rights workers with low literacy skills will continue to operate in unsafe work environments.
As someone who works with clients who need assistance realising their potential in the labour market, you can play a big role in helping keep them by equipping them with important knowledge about workplace safety and health as part of your program’s content.
“SAFE Workers of Tomorrow has supported our Workplace Entry Program students by ensuring they have the resources to work safely in their community and new home. Through the assistance of SAFE Workers of Tomorrow we create skills for newcomers to obtain employment and create economic opportunity for them and their families.” – Linda Lalande, Executive Director – Immigrant Centre
Safe Workers of Tomorrow can provide Workplace Safety and Health presentations, Employment Standards presentations, and WHMIS Awareness presentations to your program participants, at no cost to your non-profit organisation. If you have special requirements, we are ready to talk with you about how we can best meet the needs of your participants.
For more information contact us at (204) 992-2988.