Safety concerns should always be considered when pursuing a job in today's labour market, especially when youth are new to a particular work environment. According to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada, almost 51,000 workers under the age of 24 lost time from work after being injured on the job in 2006 and employers can help reduce this number by ensuring youth are properly trained and closely supervised.

If you have youth exploring a skilled trade or are youth apprentices, you should help them become fully aware of their rights in the workplace, and learn how to protect them from injury. Use the links below as a starting point. 

Many students in Co-operative Education and Options and Opportunities (O2) will have received some workplace health and safety instruction before entering into a work placement opportunity. Contact the student's teacher to obtain a complete list of what has been covered.

Youth Health and Safety in the Workplace

Passport to Safety

Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Health and Safety 101  -

For Workers under 25   -

Work Safe For Life  -

Nova Scotia Safety Council: Youth Safety Portal

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Youth Employee Rights in the Workplace
Nova Scotia Labour Standards Division

Labour Standards Code

Guide to the Code  English (PDF); French (PDF)

Employer Fact Sheet (PDF)

Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act:

Reference Guide

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