Is­land stu­dents demon­strate work­place safety

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

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 re­bec­ca­m­c­quaid@wcb.pe.ca.

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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.

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