Be Safe

Be prepared for the job! Look out for #1 – You!

  • It could be your first day on the job or your third summer. Every day young workers are getting injured on the job.
  • Workplace accidents are real and the consequences can be staggering.
  • Be proud and work hard, but be SAFE!

Where The Injuries Are Happening…

Top 5 places where injuries are happening to Nova Scotia’s workers:

1. Retail
2. Accommodation, Food & Beverage
3. Construction
4. Health & Social Services
5. Manufacturing

Could I Get Hurt or Sick on the Job?

Over 3500 young workers in Nova Scotia were injured in 2011.

Here are the stories of three teens:

  • 18 year old Sylvia caught her hand in an electric cabbage shredder in a fast food restaurant. Her hand is permanently disfigured and she will never have full use of it again.
  • 17 year old Joe lost his life while working as a construction helper. An electric shock killed him when he climbed a metal ladder to hand an electric drill to another worker.
  • 16 year old Donna was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint at a sandwich shop. She was working alone after 11pm.

Why do injuries like these occur? Teens are often injured on the job due to unsafe equipment, stressful conditions, and the pressure to speed up. Also, teens may not receive adequate safety training and supervision. As a teen you are much more likely to be injured when working on jobs that you have not been properly trained to do.

You Have a Role – Know Your Role!

As an employee in any type of job, you have a responsibility to:

  • follow the safety rules and regulations
  • ask for the training you need
  • report all injuries and unsafe working conditions
  • wear the proper protective equipment
  • do the job safely

Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility!

Did You Know That You Have Rights On The Job?

The Occupational Health & Safety Act protects workers of ALL ages working at full or part time jobs. As an employee, you need to be aware of 3 rights regarding your safety.

1. The Right to Know about the workplace hazards and to receive training on how to do the job safely.
2. The Right to Participate in solving health and safety problems.
3. The Right to Refuse dangerous work.

Who Can Help? You Can!

  • Don’t ignore safety concerns that may put you at risk on the job.
  • Be prepared. If you are unsure about using the equipment or a product, ASK! It can save your life!
  • Get help! Talk to your supervisor, health and safety representative, or joint health and safety committee.

Right to Refuse Unsafe Work – What All Workers Need To Know

  • All workers have a right to refuse work that they believe is dangerous to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of other workers.
  • If you are unsure about your safety at work ask yourself:

Do I feel that I am at risk of getting injured?

If you answered YES, follow the steps below:

Step 1 – report your safety concern to your supervisor. If the problem is resolved, return to work. If not, then …
Step 2 – report the matter to the joint health and safety committee. If still not resolved….
Step 3 – call the Nova Scotia Department of Labour (NSDOL) at 1-800-9LABOUR and explain the situation. Return to work only when you feel that the situation is no longer dangerous.


  • To prevent workplace accidents
  • To protect yourself and others
  • To be alert and identify hazards
  • To ask questions
  • To control your own safety
  • To influence others
  • To report all injuries


  • When will I receive job safety training?
  • How do I use the equipment properly and safely?
  • What do I do if there is an emergency situation?
  • What are the hazards on the job?
  • Am I in contact with any hazardous materials?
  • What is WHMIS? Will I get WHMIS training?
  • What safety gear do I need to wear?
  • With whom do I discuss safety concerns or report unsafe working conditions?
  • Do I know and have everything to do the job safely?

You Have a Right To Speak Up! It is illegal for your employer to fire or punish you for reporting a workplace problem.