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Health and safety orientation for young and new workers

WorkSafeBC rules apply to the orientation and training of young and new workers.  The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation defines a young worker as any worker who is under the age of 25. Some TTOCs fit that criterion.  However, it is the definition of new worker that includes virtually all new teachers and TTOCs. The Regulation defines a new worker as “any worker who is:

  1. new to the workplace
  2. returning to a workplace where the hazards in that workplace have changed during the worker’s absence
  3. affected by a change in the hazards of a workplace, or
  4. relocated to a new workplace if the hazards in that workplace are different from the hazards in the worker’s previous workplace.”

The Regulation states that before a young or new worker begins work in a workplace, she or he must be given health and safety orientation and training specific to the workplace. The list of topics that must be covered in the orientation and training is comprehensive and includes, among other things, information about the employer’s and the worker’s rights and responsibilities, violence in the workplace, first aid, WHMIS, workplace health and safety rules, and hazards to which the worker may be exposed.

All new teachers have a right to health and safety orientation and training at the school(s) in which they teach. TTOCs have a right to health and safety orientation and training at each of the schools in which they teach.