Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

What you don't know...

Starting a new job?
Like most new workers, you probably haven't thought about the ways you can get hurt.
But it's important to learn about hazards, get trained, and ask questions.
Your employer is there to help.
The truth is, what you don't know CAN hurt you.

A hazard is a situation or thing that has the potential to harm someone. It can be anything from a toxic chemical to an ordinary wet floor. Every workplace has hazards, and the more you know about them, the better you’ll be able to protect yourself from harm. So, go ahead - learn about hazards.

Learning how to do your job well, and practicing these skills with someone by your side is a great first step in preventing workplace injury. There’s no short cut or easy way for new and young workers to gain experience. But, when you’re new on the job, solid training can give you the skills and confidence you need. You need it - get trained!

There’s no way around it. When you’re new in a job there’s so much you don’t know. Where to find things, how to run equipment, who to talk to, what to do if things go wrong… It can feel overwhelming, and that’s when things can get a little scary. How do you find out all the stuff you don’t know? Ask questions!

Most importantly, the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires your employer to take every reasonable precaution to keep you safe at work. That includes providing training and supervision, pointing out hazards, and responding to your safety concerns. You are responsible for working safely, but your employer is there to help.


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