PASSPORT TO SAFETY

MUCH MUSIC IS COMING TO MANITOUWADGE....

The Manitouwadge High School has won an all-expense paid Much Video Dance from Passport to Safety. The prize was the result of 99% of Manitouwadge students completing the Passport to Safety Challenge, the highest of any school in Ontario.

The competition, ran from September 7, 2004 to January 31, 2005 to encourage schools to provide basic workplace safety awareness to their entire student bodies.

Congratulations to the students and staff for their achievements and commitments to safety.

The Delhi District Secondary School placed second with 84%, and Fort Erie Secondary third with 58%. St. Mary's College in Sault Ste Marie placed fourth with 48%.


Young Worker Awareness Program

This program is organized and co-ordinated with community partners and the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) and is designed for youth. Facilitators will come to your school and discuss things you better know about the workplace to proctect yourself.

In Thunder Bay contact IAPA at (807) 345-3003 to arrange your visit, or through their web site http://www.iapa.ca/outreach_yw/yw_intro.asp

Workplace Safety is Your Right!

For students who are also employed, the following is a reminder that safety in the workplace is every workers right.

Every year, the safety of some workers is compromised due to unsafe working conditions and practices. Young workers under the age of 25 are at the highest risk of injury or death. In Ontario, young workers are injured, made ill, or are killed on the job almost daily, and most often because of what the students did not know. Each death and injury can be prevented.

Whether you are a student worker or a full-time employee, be an "informed worker". BE AWARE OF WORKPLACE HAZARDS...The LAW protects you from unsafe work and gives you three (3) important rights:

  1. The Right to Know about hazards in your job and how you can protect yourself;
  2. The Right to Participate in making sure that your job and your workplace are safe and healthy;
  3. The Right to Refuse Unsafe Work. No one can force you to do a job that is unsafe. If you are being forced to work under conditions you deem unsafe, report the situation to your supervisor. The following process should then take place:
      • Supervisor, workers safety representative or committee member, and worker investigate the situation.
      • If the situation is resolved, the worker returns to work. Otherwise the Ministry of Labour inspector is called to investigate further.

Additional things you should know:

  • There are hazards in every workplace and you need to know about them.
  • Your employer, your supervisor, and YOU have legal responsibility to make sure your workplace is healthy and safe.
  • Your supervisor and employer must ensure that you have the proper training and equipment to protect yourself from workplace hazards.

For additional information, visit www.youngworker.ca, Industrial Accident Prevention Association, the Ontario Service Safety Alliance or the Workers Health and Safety Centre. Or, you may contact Ursula MacDonald, Human Resources Officer, Health and Safety at (807) 343-8671.

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