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Safety measures urged ahead of Take Our Kids to Work Day

Canadian workplaces will open to Grade 9 students on Nov. 6


An estimated 200,000 students will visit Canadian workplaces on Nov. 6. (Adobe Stock)

In advance of Take Our Kids to Work Day scheduled for Nov. 6, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is urging all organizations welcoming students to ensure safety is a priority.

Workplaces across Canada will open their doors to welcome Grade 9 students (Senior 1 in Manitoba and Secondary III in Quebec). Developed by the Learning Partnership, the day is an annual career exploration event.

Launched in 1994, an estimated 200,000 students visit workplaces every year.

Students are particularly at risk of getting injured in the workplace, according to CCOHS. Most often, they lack relevant training and experience and may not fully understand or be aware of workplace hazards.

CCOHS recommends that employers take time to hold a workplace orientation with participating students that focuses on health and safety issues relevant to the work environment.

“Take Our Kids to Work Day is an exciting opportunity for students to explore future career opportunities available to them,” said Anne Tennier, CCOHS president and CEO in Hamilton, Ont.

“For employers, this day comes with a responsibility to not only teach the importance of workplace safety but to ensure these students have a safe and rewarding experience.”

CCOHS has made the following free resources available: