B.C. introduces new workplace training guidelines

Changes aimed at protecting new and young workers who are at higher risk of injury

In 2005, 11 young workers died on the job in British Columbia, 151 were seriously injured and more than 9,000 were injured, according to government statistics. Regardless of age, all workers have five to seven times the risk of being injured during their first month on the job.

In an effort to protect these vulnerable workers, the government has instituted new training and orientation guidelines.

Some of the topics that must be included in the orientation and training for new workers and workers under the age of 25 include the worker's rights and responsibilities under the Workers Compensation Act, workplace health and safety rules, working alone or in isolation, personal protective equipment and emergency procedures.

To help employers understand and apply the new rules, the Employers’ Advisers Office in the Ministry of Labour and Citizens’ Services is hosting a series of seminars for employers.

This training is intended for anyone who hires or trains new or young workers including: business owners, managers, supervisors, human resource professionals, safety coordinators and corporate trainers.

For a list of locations and dates to register for training, please visit the Employers Advisers website at www.labour.gov.bc.ca/eao and follow the link to Young and New Worker Orientation.

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