Employers are reminded to look after young workers who leave school at the end of the year to join the workforce.
With many young people leaving school at the end of the year and seeking their first permanent positions, employers are reminded of their duty to ensure new starters receive the induction, training and supervision they need to work safe.
As reported by WorkSafe Queensland, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said whether they were going to be there for just a few weeks or in it for the long haul and determined to get their careers off to a good start, young workers often tend to ignore risks in order to make a good impression.
It’s important to plan ahead and not rush to get workers on the job unprepared or unequipped with the knowledge and training they need to complete tasks safely.
“This applies to any new workers, but it’s particularly important for young workers who may not shout up if they have questions or concerns,” Ms Grace said.
“A ruling some months ago in the Maryborough Magistrates Court reaffirmed that employers must provide young workers with appropriate training and not direct them to perform work above their skills and ability.
“Young workers have a unique risk profile and it’s up to employers to consider this when managing them – a proper induction, plenty of support, training and supervision are vital.”
On the WorkSafe website (worksafe. qld.gov.au.) you can download the “Young Worker Safety Toolkit” designed to help employers, supervisors, influencers and trainers engage with young people about work health and safety in Queensland.