Every working day, 34 young workers are injured. Workers of all ages can be injured at work, yet young and new workers are more at risk. These workplace injuries result from inadequate training, orientation, and supervision, inexperience, and lack of awareness of workplace rights and responsibilities. As you can see, young workers can be incredibly vulnerable in the workplace, this is why in CLE (Career Life Education) we have further investigated our rights as young workers.
Young people like myself are at high risks to get injured during work, this is because at many time people are fearful of speaking up and taking control of your safety. This is completely understandable because many times a new or young worker is wary of speaking up because of lack of confidence, starting a new job. As young people in BC we must have confidence in uncomfortable times. Because at the end of the day, as young workers we have the right to refuse unsafe work and demand training.
WorkSafeBC has a incredibly lengthy list rules that relates to safety in workplaces. During class, we looked at the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation that highlights all the logistics of what is and isn’t allowed in the workplaces. To aid our understanding towards the rules and rights we completed a worksheet, where we searched regulations on the WorkSafeBC website. During this assignment I learned many new interesting tidbits from noise level to footwear. This mini-assignment was very helpful and hopefully helped us revisit the rights and terminology for our coming test.
Lastly, my peers and I looked at the many different scary hazards in the workplace. Because of the multitude of different hazards we broke them up into these large topics, Biological Hazards, Environmental Exposure, Exposure to Mineral and Chemical Hazards, Musculoskeletal Injuries, and Noise Hazards. The class split up into 5 separate groups, my group included Emily, Adlih, and I. My group focused on a very common workplace hazard, Musculoskeletal Injuries. Musculoskeletal Injuries are a range of disorders involving muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels, nerves and other soft tissues. The most common term used to describe these disorders is Repetitive Strain Injury. After, doing some inquiry on the topic we created a one slide visual on Keynote that we presented to the class. This ended up being very helpful and informative, yet as everything that relates to bodily fluids, it got weird.
In general, I learned much more than I ever expected I in this unit. This unit helped me open my eyes to what my rights are as a young worker in BC. Charging in to the future I will have the confidence and ability to stand up when I feel as though work is unsafe. Yet it is a lot to remember and retain, I have learned quite a bit throughout this unit. Wish me luck for my test tomorrow!