With the summer months beginning this is the time when students are starting new jobs. These young workers and/or new workers are at a high risk for getting injured while at work. New workers are 3 times more likely to be injured during their first month than other, more experienced workers. In Ontario, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, between 2009 and 2013, 30 youth workers died in work related incidents and another 30,000 received injuries that led to lost time.
New and young workers
This is the first summer that Ontario employers have new liability and responsibility to summer students who are with them in unpaid co-op or internships. The Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage expanded to unpaid co-op students and learners in work placements, effective November 20, 2014.
For employers, this means that unpaid summer co-op students should be subject to the same training, orientation, supervision and safety requirements as paid young workers in the workplace. While some employers might see summer students as a quick fix to cover for vacations and to complete extra projects, employers who commit to the safety and supervision of all students, both paid and unpaid will have more successful short-term and long-term outcomes in their organization.
1. Safety requirements
Occupational Health and Safety basic awareness training
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Now that the summer is finally here, many of you may find your workplace peppered with summer student or recent grad employees. In fact, hiring students for the summer may be a good business strategy not only to fill human resources gaps created by employee vacations, but also to invest in a potential future workforce and to take advantage of government subsidies which may be available to help to fund student positions.