Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

What you don't know...

Starting a new job?

Like most young workers starting their first job, you probably haven't thought about the ways you can get hurt.

However, what you don't know CAN hurt you. It's important to learn about hazards, get trained, and ask questions.

Your employer is there to help. How do you find out about all the stuff you don't know? Ask questions!

A hazard is a situation or anything that has the potential to harm someone. In some workplaces, it could be a toxic chemical and for others, an ordinary wet floor. Every workplace has hazards, and the more you know about them, the better you’ll be at protecting yourself and others from harm. So, go ahead and learn about hazards.

Getting the proper training for the job, and practicing your newly developed skills with someone by your side, is a great first step to prevent workplace injury. When you’re new on the job, solid training can give you the skills and confidence you need to do the job safely.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires your employer to take every reasonable precaution to keep you safe at work. That includes providing training and supervision, pointing out hazards, and responding to your safety concerns. You are responsible for working safely, and your employer is there to help.

Learn more about youth safety entering the workforce from our Young Worker resources: