Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Employers of Young Workers

As an employer, it is your responsibility to protect all your workers, however, you may discover that it is challenging to fulfill those responsibilities when dealing with young workers.

Youth is an exciting time filled with enthusiasm, creativity, high energy, adventure and fun. These admirable qualities are not to be discouraged, however, these qualities can sometimes put young workers into dangerous workplace situations.

In fact, young workers are one of the highest risk groups for being injured on the job.

The WCB has a number of resources in the What You Don't Know campaign to assist you to keep your young workers safe on the job, and we educate youth through our youth education services.

The Youth Education Consultant is available to assist you to develop health and safety programs specifically targeted to young workers.

The WCB's Guide for Employers of Young Workers includes tools and information on a variety of topics, such as:
  • Young workers, their rights and responsibilities
  • Your responsibilities as an employer
  • Safety orientation, training and supervision
  • Hazard awareness
We want to assist you in building safe workplaces for young workers, and for workers of all ages. Please view our employer guide below to learn more. To learn more about workplace safety and prevention, please explore the Health and Safety menu.