Young workers are arguably the most at risk on the worksite, mostly due to their inexperience on the job and in life in general, that is why I found an article written by Joanna Weekes on www.healthandsafetyhandbook.com.au useful.
The post entitled “6 steps to keep young workers safe” highlights the steps that employers can take to ensure the most “at risk” workers on the site are being protected.
Despite the fact that young workers are usually the most eager and willing to please workers you will come across, they are also the ones with the least knowledge and experience which makes them a safety risk. Employers cannot underestimate the need for protection when it comes to this section of the work force.
The article goes on to highlight the 6 steps to making a workplace safer for young workers.
- introduce new workers to their supervisor and co-workers;
- carry out inductions of the workplace, work tasks, and health and safety policies and procedures;
- explain the process for reporting a safety incident or concern;
- roster experienced workers with young or inexperienced workers to ensure they are adequately supervised;
- ensure there are always adequate staffing numbers, particularly during busy periods; and
- provide training for all new workers.
Training is one of the most crucial aspects of worker safety especially young workers who are both inexperienced and not as knowledgeable as older workers.
Naturally safety training is the best way to pass safety knowledge on to young workers who are probably entering the work site with little or no knowledge of safety. They should receive training that covers first aid, health and safety policies, accident and emergency procedures; and bullying, discrimination and harassment policies.
As the writer points out, in certain industries such as the construction industry workers also need to receive training that covers correct use of personal protective equipment; manual handling, e.g. how to safely lift heavy objects; and how to safely operate equipment and machinery.
For young people beginning in the construction sector they must first complete White Card training which is the mandatory construction safety training course required for anyone embarking on construction work.
Getting a Construction White Card online has become the most popular choice because of its convenience. The White Card (CPCCOHS1001A Construction Industry Induction Training) is now available online 24-7 and is here we show how simple it is to complete the training.