Every year, nearly 60 000 young Canadians suffer workplace injuries, many of them causing lasting undesirable effects. Furthermore, many of these young workers were not even aware of their rights and responsibilities prior to the accident. Wanting to find a solution to this unfortunate, but avoidable issue, the Ontario-wide safety awareness program, WorkSmart Campus was developed.
WorkSmart Campus can help provide workers and students with the basic health and safety knowledge that all workers must demonstrate. WorkSmart Campus, a joint project between the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Ministry of Labour, is aimed at educating individuals about their rights as workers. WorkSmart Campus is 100% free and is available to any University staff member or student. This training serves as a foundation for future health and safety training. Find out more about WorkSmart Campus training.
In addition to the WorkSmart Campus program, the Office of Risk Management also organizes the "Take Our Kids to Work Day", which illustrates the importance of education, skills development and training while giving students the opportunity to experience the world of work and the variety of career opportunities that await them. The program, including the University of Ottawa, continues to emphasize safe and healthy workplaces.
The WSIB has also put out a guide for parents; this document provides parents with the tools they need to teach their children about safety. To view the guide click here.