Island students demonstrate workplace safety
The Workers Compensation Board has recognized high school students from across the province who participated in this year’s Occupational Health and Safety leadership program.
A total of nine schools and 17 students successfully completed this year’s program, which ran from October to May.
“This program provides students with the tools and encouragement to become the teacher and the advocate amongst their peers, on the importance of safety in the workplace, as well as their rights and responsibilities as employees,” explains Stuart Affleck, Workers Compensation Board chairman.
Students in grades 11 or 12 can apply to participate in the program, with two students selected from each school. Students attend an orientation day in October, and then become “safety ambassadors” for their school.
To complete the program, each team must hold a minimum number of educational events before the end of the school year. Those students who complete the program receive $500 at the end of the school year, along with a certificate of participation.
Some popular events that students held at their schools this year included: Photo booths (students dressed up in safety equipment and pictures were later posted to social media); safety tips (over the announcements or social media); and classroom presentations (where the ambassadors gave presentations on OHS to several classes in the school).
For more information about the OHS Leadership program, visit the WCB website at www. wcb.pe.ca/ Workplace/ Young Workers or contact Rebecca McQuaid, youth education consultant with the WCB at email@example.com.
Hannah Larsen, front row left, and Kristie Drummond, as well as, back row, Brett Allen, left, and Jarod Gilroy, were among the students from across P.E.I. who were recognized for being safety ambassadors at their school. They joined Workers Compensation Board CEO Luanne Gallant, right, at a recent recognition ceremony.