Workers Health & Safety Centre

Day of Mourning in the Schools

DAY OF MOURNING IN SCHOOLS

New workers need health and safety training from day one on the job. Aiming to reach students before they begin their first job, or at the very least before they suffer the effects of hazardous working conditions, the Workers Health & Safety Centre have partnered with the United Steelworkers (USW) union to develop and deliver health and safety resource materials and presentations for high school students.

Launched each April, in anticipation of our National Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or made ill on the job, volunteer members of the USW visit schools annually to exchange with students first-hand experiences and concerns about workplace health and safety. Through this exchange students learn about

  • workplace hazards they may face
  • ways to control or better yet eliminate hazards
  • their legal health and safety rights in the workplace, particularly their right to workplace-specific information, instruction and training
  • ongoing work to enforce and improve health, safety and environmental legislation.

All young workers along with educators and parents are encouraged to access recent resource materials for this initiative.

To request a presentation contact Al Hedd, health and safety resource technician, USW, Canada.

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