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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 workplace trainer, teacher, educator, career counsellor, we encourage you to use these resources during your lessons, workshops, information sessions or conversations with young workers about workplace health and safety.

Presentation

This 30-40 minute presentation (excluding discussion time) is designed to be delivered to groups of young workers. It promotes early prevention and intervention to ensure young workers stay healthy and safe at work.

It was developed in consultation with industry stakeholders who have worked in collaboration with SafeWork NSW to help and support young people, and has been tested with 100s of young people.

Learning outcomes:

  • To give young people the knowledge to develop the right habits in order to stay healthy and safe at work.
  • Understand the basic WHS rights and responsibilities
  • Know where you can go to get more information and help

Key messages:

Reinforce WAIT, TAKE 5 with young workers, so safe work practices become a habit:

1. Stop and think

2. Is it safe?

3. Could it hurt someone?

4. If so, speak up

5. Ask for help

Handouts

We have digital and hardcopy resources that you can distribute to young workers.  To request hardcopies contact (email address to be provided)

Helpful tips

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

Tip 1 – Wait, Take Five

1. Stop and think

2. Is it safe?

3. Could it hurt someone?

4. If so, speak up

5. Ask for help

Tip 2 - Find out how your workplace consults (communicates on WHS issues) if it’s a health and safety representative (HSR or HSC), consider nominating yourself (put your hand up).

Tip 3 – 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?

Tip 4 – 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.

Tip 5 – 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.

Tip 6 – Dealing with workplace bullying:

  • Speak up
  • Tell the boss – or any responsible adult
  • Keep a diary
  • See a doctor or counsellor if your health is affected
  • Don’t be a bully bystander
  • Call SafeWork NSW 13 10 50
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