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Ask The Expert: Do Students Hired for Summer Jobs Need Special Safety Training?

Safety orientation training for new and young workers is either a legal requirement or best practice.
QUESTION
We’re hiring college students (20-years-old or older) to work at our plant this summer. Do we have to provide them any special safety training before they start?
ANSWER
Yes.
EXPLANATION
First and foremost, you must provide not just young but all new workers training necessary to ensure they can do their assigned jobs safely. In addition, the OHS laws of most jurisdictions also require employers to provide special safety orientation to new and young workers before they start their employment. Such training is also highly advisable as a best practice in the jurisdictions where it’s not expressly required (all but FED, AB, NS, PEI, QC). While rules vary slightly from place to place, new and young worker safety orientation should cover, at a minimum:

The name of and contact information for the new/young worker’s supervisor;
Contact information for the workplace JHSC ...

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