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Website to help young workers be safe on the job

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The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched a new version of its young workers website, Young Workers Zone. This upgraded, redesigned website is a resource for young workers, parents, teachers, and employers includes a collection of information and tools from organizations across Canada.

Designed to help young workers stay healthy and safe at work, this website provides the tools they need when venturing out into the work force. According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), in 2007, every day, more than 40 workers under the age of 19 and 92 workers between the ages of 20 to 24 were injured on the job across Canada.

”We created the Young Workers Zone to provide a one stop source of educational tools and resources where young workers can learn how to stay safe at work,” says Dr. P.K. Abeytunga, CCOHS vice president and director general. “We also wanted to equip their teachers and employers with the tools and resources they need to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses. We hope this website will encourage and enable young workers to educate themselves about workplace health and safety.”

The Young Workers Zone is dedicated to providing young workers, their parents, teachers and employers with free and easy access to a comprehensive collection of credible resources in Canada for keeping teenagers safe on the job. This website has the answers to questions young workers commonly have about their jobs, while emphasizing the importance of safety.  Parents, teachers and employers will also find helpful tips to help spread awareness of workplace health and safety.

The Young Workers Zone can be found at

www.ccohs.ca/youngworkers

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