For educators

If we can help young people develop the right workplace health and safety habits from their first day in the job, they’re more likely to stay safe throughout their career.

If you’re a workplace trainer, teacher, educator, career counsellor - use this eToolkit to support and train young people in work health and safety.

How to stay safe

This 30-40 minute presentation (excluding discussion time) is designed to be delivered to groups of young workers. It gives young people an understanding of basic WHS rights and responsibilities and advice on where to go for more information.

Before you start read the speakers notes which have instructions on how to deliver the presentation.

You'll also need to hand out these fact sheets:

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Who's responsible?

Select one of the tabs below for a quick guide:

As a trusted source of advice and information you play an important role in helping students transition into the workforce.

Providing the correct information regarding what health and safety rights and responsibilities they have may prevent them for injury or a fatality.

Some practical ways of carrying out your duty of care responsibilities include ensuring:

  • the work environment, systems of work, machinery and equipment are safe and properly maintained
  • information, training, instruction and supervision are provided
  • adequate workplace facilities are available for workers and any accommodation you provide to your workers is safe
  • workers’ health and workplace conditions are monitored
  • chemicals are handled and stored safely.

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Your duties include:

  • making decisions about health and safety that may affect work activities or other people
  • ensuring legal requirements regarding health and safety are met
  • actioning safety reports and carrying out workplace inspections
  • ensuring safe work method statements are completed
  • ensuring safe work practices
  • conducting inductions and regular safety briefings
  • participating in incident investigations
  • leading by example and promoting health and safety at every opportunity.

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Even if your workers are temporary visa holders, permanent resident, Australian citizen, they are covered by work health and safety laws.

  • take reasonable care for their own health and safety
  • take reasonable care for the health and safety of others
  • comply with any reasonable instructions, policies and procedure given by their employer, business or controller of the workplace.

More information

We’ve created six interactive diagrams that will show you some everyday safety hazards and how to avoid them in the workplace. Can you find them all?

If you are unable to use the interactive PDF, you can view the workplaces and the safety hazards by clicking here.

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Young people are our future workforce, so protecting them from injuries and accidents at work should be everyone’s priority.

Amanda, SafeWork inspector


Wait, take five

Introduce the key messaging to reinforce positive safety behaviour.  When teaching young workers ask them to think about these actions before a task.

1. Stop...

2. Is it safe?

3. Could it hurt someone?

4. Speak up

5. Ask


Helpful tips

Here are a few quick tips to keep your students healthy and safe. Give them out prior to a work experience placement or during general conversation about how they’re going at work.

How do they consult?

Find out how your workplace consults (communicate on work health and safety (WHS) issues.

If there is a health and safety representative (HSR or HSC), consider nominating yourself (put your hand up).

Talk it out

If not sure about something at work; why not talk it out with someone at work who's been in the job longer than you?

Speak up

It’s not worth being injured or feeling bad. There are organisations and services that may be able to help. Don’t suffer in silence.

Everyone has rights

Even if you’re a causal, part time or on a contract you’re still entitled to the same WHS rights as a full-time employee.

Dealing with workplace bullying

Things you can do:

  • speak up
  • tell the boss / or any trusted adult
  • keep a diary
  • see a doctor or counsellor if your health is affected
  • don’t be a bully bystander
  • Call us on 13 10 50.

Watch the videos below to see what happens to these young works in a matter of seconds

They were selected to highlight the importance to:

  • understand the risks and don’t perform tasks you haven’t done before without training, supervision or instruction
  • talk and build working relationships with more experienced workers
  • ask questions to make sure you understand what is expected of you
  • report WHS concerns promptly, so that immediate action can be taken to resolve the issue
  • know your WHS policies and procedures (remember ask questions if don’t understand)
  • use required personal protective equipment.

Source: WorkSafe Victoria

Warning: these videos contain footage that some viewers may find distressing.

Popular guides and posters:

Getting supoprt

You can print out this guide and keep it handy.  It includes a range of information when you’re faced with a difficult situation at work.

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The basics - your rights at work

It doesn't matter what type of worker you are, you are covered by work health and safety laws that apply to everyone in Australia. The poster explains your rights.

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Young workers infographic poster

Print out this poster to show your workmates the statistics on young workers and why it's everyone's job to help keep them safe.

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Young workers and mental health

Read about the statistics on young workers and mental health so that you can help them stay healthy and safe.

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Young workers fact sheet

There are a number of risk factors that impact a young worker's ability to stay safe.

Find out more

Popular web pages:

We have resources you can distribute to managers and/or supervisors.

External resources:

Children’s safety in the workplace A printable infographic from SafeWork Australia that shows young people are especially vulnerable when it comes to safety at work

Thoughts about workplace safety A printable infographic from SafeWork Australia that shows what workers and employers are thinking and doing.

Difficult conversations with a bit of humour, this video demonstrates that many supervisors, managers and employers sometimes hesitate in having a conversation with a worker when they’ve noticed something might be wrong out of fear.

Starting a conversation This video shows that it doesn't matter if you think you don’t quite know what to say. Just by being supportive and listening, you’re helping to make a difference.

The Obedience Experiment This video is based on a series of psychological experiments conducted in the 1960s which highlighted people’s willingness to obey requests from authority figures even if those requests were harmful to themselves or others.

Brain development When does a person really become a 'grown up?' Surely age can't be the only determining factor? Laci Green looks at how the brain matures and what it means (from a scientific perspective) to be an adult.

Contact

In alphabetical order

Anti-Discrimination Board

P: 1800 670 812

E: complaintsadb@justice.nsw.gov.au

Australian Taxation Office

P: 13 28 65 (individuals)

P: 13 72 26 (businesses)

Fair Work Commission

P: 1300 799 675 (out of hours emergency 0419 318 011)

E: sydney@fwc.gov.au

Fair Work Ombudsman

P: 13 13 94

Human Rights Commission

P: 1300 656 419

E: complaintsinfo@humanrights.gov.au

icare

P: 13 77 22

E: newclaims@eml.com.au

Lawstuff

P: 9385 9588

E: admin@ncylc.org.au

SafeWork NSW

P: 13 10 50

E: contact@safework.nsw.gov.au

SIRA

P: 13 10 50

E: contact@sira.nsw.gov.au

NSW Police

P: 131 444 (general enquiries)

National Relay Service (24 hour service)

TTY/voice calls: 133 677

Speak & Listen: 555 727

SMS relay: 0423 677 767

NSW Ombudsman

P: 1800 451 524

E: nswombo@ombo.nsw.gov.au

Office of eSafety Commissioner

P: 1800 880 176

Revenue NSW

P: 9689 6200

Translation Information Service

P: 131 450 (24 hour service)

National Relay Service (24 hour service)

TTY/voice calls: 133 677

Speak & Listen: 555 727

SMS relay: 0423 677 767

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