Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Talking to your Kids about Workplace Safety

November 14, 2018

This Wednesday, November 14th, is Take Our Kids to Work Day for grade nine students. The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) reminds Islanders that it is an ideal time to teach their children about workplace safety.

“Teaching our children about safe work practices is extremely important,” said Stuart Affleck, Chair of the Workers Compensation Board. “This will enable them to develop skills that can protect them throughout their working lives.”

 

The WCB recommends that Islanders participating in Take Our Kids to Work Day discuss the importance of speaking up for safety with their visiting grade nine students. Every worker has the following important workplace safety rights:

 

  • The right to know about any potential hazards on the job and how to stay safe at work.
  • The right to participate in decision making about workplace safety, and in resolving safety issues at work.
  • The right to refuse unsafe work.

 

The WCB has developed a new resource that will help parents talk to their teenagers about working safe on the job. “There are many conversations we have with our children about safety, and we need to make sure workplace health and safety is also on that list,” said Luanne Gallant, CEO of the Workers Compensation Board. “As parents, it’s important for us to take some time to talk to our kids, to ensure that they know their rights and that they feel confident enough to speak up if they see something that is unsafe.”

 

For more information about workplace safety for youth or to download a copy of the Parent Tips, visit the Young Workers section of the WCB website at wcb.pe.ca/Workplace/YoungWorkers or contact the WCB Youth Education Consultant, Clare Waddell at 368-6357.

 

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Media Contact:
Laura Steeves, Senior Communications Coordinator
902-894-0362 or lsteeves@wcb.pe.ca