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Summer in Job Ottawa . Students Stay Safe on the Job.
Kids are out of school and many are looking for a summer job in Ottawa and off to work at summer jobs. For many this is the first time they will be formally employed. It is important to learn from the start to make workplace safety a priority. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, in 2009, 35 Canadian workers aged 15 to 24 were fatally injured as a result of a workplace hazard.
No matter where kids find work this summer, they must take the time to know the health and safety rules and to understand the responsibilities of
employee and employer when it comes to avoiding accident and injury on the job. Before even starting to work on any job, every employee should understand that they have the right to refuse unsafe work,. They should know who to contact for health and safety concerns and they should be given basic health and safety training.
Every employer should should ensure a safe summer job in Ottawa work place :
• Ensure that the work site is safe
• Provide training
• Have a health and safety policy and make it accessible to all
• Attend to any reported issues of health and safety in the workplace
• Reporting serious incidents to WSIB
• Keep a first aid kit near every workstation
• Provide personal protective equipment for jobs that need it
The reasonability to maintain a safe workplace is also part of the employee’s
job. Every employee should:
• Knowing the health and safety rules and sticking to them
• Asking question when unsure of the method or equipment
• Reporting any workplace hazards
• Seeking out a supervisor or safety representative immediately when
Summer Job in Ottawa- Know your rights.
Summer jobs are a rite of passage for many young kids in the city, but never at the risk of personal safety. Avoid the risk. Learn the safety rules before you start the job. Be aware of your rights and obligations.
Graduation student in Ottawa
It’s graduation season. There will be ceremonies, house parties and a host of other celebrations honouring great accomplishments. There will also be drinking, partying, distracted driving and other risks and dangers that can turn a night of celebration into a tragedy. Let’s make this is a season to remember or all of the right reasons.
Teenagers are the most at-risk group of drivers on the road today especially when it comes to drinking and driving. When you factor in distracted driving, speeding, lack of seat belt use and extra passengers, graduation season becomes very risky. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada (MADD Canada).
• Young people have the highest rates of traffic death and injury per capita among
all age groups and the highest death rate per kilometer driven among all drivers
under 75 years of age. More 19-year-olds die or are seriously injured than any
other age group.
• Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16 to 25 year olds,
and alcohol and/or drugs are a factor in 55% of those crashes.
• 16-25 year olds constituted 13.6% of the population in 2010, but made up almost
33.4% of the impairment-related traffic deaths – MADD CANADA.
Graduation time? time to talk about safety
Before your graduate heads out this prom season, please take some time to talk openly about safety.
Drinking and driving is never an option. Peer pressure can sometimes be hard, especially at a time of celebration. Remind your teen that even one drink is not acceptable if they are planning to drive. Promise them that you will pick them up anytime of the night, no questions asked and give them a backup plan with an aunt, uncle or neighbour to call if they find themselves in a dangerous situation.
Graduation and distracted driving
Distracted driving has become an epidemic for teen drivers. In 2013, almost half of all of the people killed in distraction-affected crashes were teen agers – Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). By now, all kids have been exposed to the dangers of distracted driving. During grad season encourage your teen to leave the phone in the back seat of the car or in the glove box to avoid the temptation to call or text while on the road. If they use their phones for music or GPS, have them set their navigation or playlists before they drive off.
Driving while drowsy is most defiantly a form of impairment. In fact, driving while being awake for more than 18 hours, is similar to driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.05 per cent. Many teens are less aware of the dangers of drowsy driving. Late nights studying and celebrating can make your teen sleep deprived and they may not notice. Remind your teen of the danger and remind them that your top priority is that they get
Teen driving safety starts with you. As a parent, it is important to set a good driving example at all times and to have open conversations with your teen, especially during graduation and prom season.
It’s never a good time for a personal injury
Summertime is peak time for personal injuries in Canada with more than 30 per cent of all injuries occurring in the warmer months. * Half of those injuries happen between noon and 6:00 p.m. and the main cause of summer injuries comes from people falling, including falls into water (Statistics Canada). The best way to avoid any accident is attention and prevention.
Prevent a personal injury
In Ottawa, 55 per cent of cyclists report that they don’t always wear a helmet when they ride a bike. * On the water, up to 85 per cent of boating-related deaths could have been prevented by the wearing of a life-jacket or Personal Floatation Device.** It’s not hard to understand why we resist suiting up with protective equipment during the warmer months. Helmets, body gear and life jackets are not terribly comfortable to wear in the heat, but, as we know, they are our best defense against personal injury. No matter the sport, statics prove that helmets and life jackets save lives.
Pay attention and avoid personal injury
Canadian summers drive us to the cottages, lakes and pools to for swimming, boating and so many other water activities. On average, 525 people die each year in water-related incidents with children between the ages of 1 – 4 and young men aged 15 – 34 at the highest risk. ** Many of these accidents could have been prevented. Summer is a welcome time for recreation and get togethers with family and friends. Keeping tabs on small children and toddlers is crucial when they are around water of any kind, from a small backyard kiddie pool to a lake. Accidents happen fast and the best way to keep kids safe it to keep them close. It’s always a good idea for parents of small children to have water safety and first aid training.
While 15 – 34 year olds are mostly responsible for their own safety, 38 per cent of water related fatalities in people over 15 involved alcohol use. Clearly the two do not mix and caution should be taken to ensure that those who are drinking alcohol are in control of their actions and their surroundings.
The best way to prevent injury during the summer months is to always remain aware of the surroundings and to be keep a close eye on the people around you. Insist on use of life saving devices and protective gear all summer long to stay safe and accident free.
* Statistics Canada Community Health Survey
** Canadian Red Cross
Concussion Head Injury
Concussion and traumatic brain injuries affect the way that the brain functions and can lead to long-term impairment. This is especially true for children. As we head into the summer season, kids will start playing of soccer and baseball and will be eager to ride their bikes, scooters and skateboard. With kids on the move, it is important to know the signs of a concussion and how to treat it. A concussion is caused when a child gets a bump, blow or jolt to the head.
Recognize a concussion
Concussions can also be caused by a hit to the body, that causes the head to move back and forth quickly. These sudden, sharp movements can cause the brain to jar or twist in the skull creating chemical changes in the brain and damages to the brain cells, affecting the way they think and remember. The best defense against a head injury or brain injury is to ensure that children always wear the right equipment. Not surprisingly, many concussions happen when the child is not playing team sports in a formal way, but is just playing at home or with friends without their helmets or protective gear. They may be just taking their bike around the block and not feel a need to put on a helmet for a short ride. These are the times that kids must be reminded to always wear a helmet for safety.
Symptoms of a concussion
If your child does suffer a bump to the head, make sure you know that symptoms. A person does not need to be knocked out or to lose consciousness to have a concussion. A child suffering a concussion could seem confused, have a slow reaction time and have difficulty concentrating. Look for headaches, nausea, dizziness and changes in sight. Should you see any of these signs, have your child stop playing right away and don’t leave him alone. Take him to the hospital right away or call 911.