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Released on September 10, 2021
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed September 10, 2021 as Youth Safety Education Day.
The purpose of the day is to provide education, leadership and awareness to youth (up to the age of 25) about health and safety in the workplace.
"As we continue to grow and strengthen our province, we must ensure that we have safe and healthy workplaces," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. "Everyone must come home at the end of the day. This day allows us to focus on the importance of providing education and information for young people as they enter the workplace, so that we can prevent injuries and fatalities before they happen."
Data from the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board, shows the number of youth injuries has been declining from 6,217 in 2010 to 2,659 in 2020. In 2020 there were no youth work related fatalities.
In Saskatchewan, the general minimum age is 16, however 14 and 15 year olds can work in some instances but must complete the Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course and have permission from a parent or a guardian.
Since 2010, more than 150,000 certificates have been issued through the course. The course helps prepare young people for joining the job market by providing information on health and safety and on their rights and responsibilities when in the workplace.
For more information, contact:
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
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