The Service & Hospitality Safety Association of Saskatchewan Inc. (SHSA), along with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education are very proud to announce the designation of September 10, 2015 as Youth Safety Education Day in the province of Saskatchewan.
The designation of ‘Youth Safety Education Day’ in Saskatchewan by Minister Morgan establishes and emphasizes the critical importance of youth safety within our province. We all have an obligation to educate and protect our most valuable resource, the young worker.
“Youth Safety Education Day is an important way for young people to learn about staying safe at work. We have too many injuries in our province and it is everyone’s responsibility to make safety a priority,” said Minister Don Morgan. “Raising awareness is one more way we can help our youth take a leadership role when it comes to safety in the workplace.”
For four years now, the SHSA has celebrated this important day by visiting high schools throughout the province and encouraging other schools and other youth groups. In 2012, five workers under the age of 24 were killed in Saskatchewan. In 2013 the number of youth worker fatalities were two, both being under the age of 18. The SHSA works with both future workers and youth leaders to raise awareness of workplace hazards and risks, how to develop a positive workplace safety culture and the importance of elimination workplace injuries. We are working towards re-educating our Saskatchewan youth to know their rights, and the importance of protecting themselves and their peers from all hazards they may face on the job.
This year packages have been sent out to partners which include schools, youth groups and businesses that employ a large number of youth. The package includes fun activities promoting safety in the workplace as well as informative videos and materials highlighting the core principles of safety. The goal is to have these partners use the package to teach and inform our youth of the dangers posed to young workers and how they can effectively protect and empower themselves while out in the workforce.
“Each year 83,876 young workers are employed in Saskatchewan. 55.9% of these workers will work in the hospitality industry before their secondary education is completed. On average, 8,000 young Saskatchewan workers are injured each year which makes youth between the ages of 15 and 24 three times more likely to be injured on the job than any other worker. These numbers are unacceptable and can be prevented. The proclamation of ‘Youth Safety Education Day’ is the first step in this prevention and will prove to be an effective catalyst in the safety education and empowerment of our youth today.” –George Marshall, CEO, SHSA.
For more information and interview requests, please contact:
The Service & Hospitality Safety Association of Saskatchewan Inc.
306-522-5499 or 1-866-999-SHSA