HeadsUp – young worker safety
All workers should feel supported and safe at work. Knowing how to work smart and stay safe starts with taking care of your mental and physical wellness. This is important for young adults entering the workforce to keep top of mind.
We are committed to sharing information for young workers and their employers that can help foster a safe work environment and proactive workplace habits.
Physical safetyDid you know that you have rights protecting you against workplace health and safety hazards? Employers and supervisors have duties under the law to keep you safe and ensure you are treated fairly at work. If you're unsure, ask questions, express concerns and work together to create a safe work environment.
It's also your responsibility to keep yourself and others safe against workplace hazards. Working smart is key to working safe. Be aware of your surroundings and others. Understand and follow rules or instructions. Make safety your priority.
Injuries could be a result of:
- Inadequate training, orientation, or supervision
- Lack of awareness
Work is important to our well-being, and our mental wellness affects how we work. Both are a big part of our identity including how we perceive our skills and contribute to our work. Taking care of your mental wellness is the first step to establishing a safe work situation.
Being aware of your own and others’ mental health is important to a safe work environment including:
- Stress and fatigue
- Depression and anxiety
- Bullying and harassment
- Communicate with co-workers and supervisors: Ask questions when you’re unsure and report risks as you notice them.
- Know the rules and understand your rights: Safety rules are there for a reason. Follow them. If you feel unsafe at work, speak up and say something.
- Have proper training: If you don’t feel comfortable, don't be afraid to ask for help.
- Say no to dangerous work: You can refuse work that puts you at risk. Your safety isn't worth it.
- Respect yourself and your shared space: Be conscious of your own and your coworkers’ mental health.
Your safe-place toolkit
The safety of your young workers should be a priority. In 2017, over 7,000 workers aged 15 - 24 suffered injuries on the job in Alberta. Young workers especially rely on their employers for advice, guidance, information and support on the job.
It's important for you to create a work environment that is genuinely supportive of mental health. By providing relevant resources and building a culture that prioritizes psychological well-being, your employees can feel safe and supported in the workplace.
To request free posters for your employees and workspace, please call 780-498-8680 or e-mail
WCB-Alberta Communications and Legislative Relations.