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Practical Safety Solutions for Young Workers Entering the Canadian Workforce

If you're a manager, you're no stranger to the overwhelming sense of responsibility that comes with ensuring a safe work environment. As we welcome a fresh wave of young workers into the workforce, it becomes increasingly important to adapt and evolve our safety measures.

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Did you know, according to a Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety report, young workers are 40% more likely to get injured on the job than their older colleagues? Here's the kicker - it doesn't have to be that way! As we don our flannel and channel our inner Canadian niceness, let's dive into some practical, poutine-proof solutions!


Buddy Up with a Mentor

One common issue is that young workers often lack experience and awareness of potential workplace hazards. To combat this, implementing a mentorship program can work wonders. By pairing up a rookie with a seasoned vet, you give them a chance to absorb knowledge faster than a sponge on a Nova Scotia fishing boat.


Invest in Training

According to Statistics Canada, employers who invest more in training have lower injury rates. Consider scheduling regular OHS-approved training sessions - just remember to include some Timbits to keep the energy up!


Encourage Open Communication

In a 2022 survey by the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, 80% of young workers admitted to feeling uncomfortable discussing safety concerns with their superiors. Make it as easy as saying sorry after a minor bump on the sidewalk. Promote a culture of open dialogue and ensure everyone knows it’s okay to say, "I don't know how to do this safely."


Remember, Technology is Your Friend

There's an app for almost everything these days, eh? So why not leverage technology for safety documentation and training? Virtual reality (VR) training programs, such as the ones provided by On-Track Safety, can simulate real-world situations without real-world risks.


Be a Role Model

As a manager, you have the power to influence the culture of safety in your workplace. It's like being a hockey captain - lead by example. If you consistently follow and enforce safety protocols, your team is more likely to do the same.


Wrapping Up

The times, they are a-changin'. As we navigate through this new era of work, it's essential to keep our young workers safe and sound.


Looking for help? On-Track Safety offers comprehensive safety solutions, from VR training to OHS compliance support. Together, let's create a workplace where safety isn't just an afterthought - it's a way of life. Reach out today, and let's start turning those safety stats around faster than a slapshot from Sidney Crosby!

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