The following four activities are featured in the new coop resource book.
In small groups, and in cooperation with the school, assign students an area of the school to inspect. Download the checklist [PDF 42 kb] and print and hand it out. Students will look for hazardous situations that can cause injuries.
As an added level of difficulty, for each hazard they find, have them write:
- why it is dangerous
- what could happen if the hazard was not corrected
- two options for correcting the situation
- who should be advised of the hazard (someone in a position of responsibility)
Then, have them number their hazards as priority 1 (most imminent danger to others and needs immediate attention as someone could be hurt immediately), priority 2 (should be fixed soon), or priority 3 (not likely to hurt anyone now, but something that should be reviewed and submit their written report).
Spot the hazard
Everyone can do this one! Have your students study the picture of the office or the kitchen and find the potential hazards. Download the office and gas station pictures and the versions with the answers.
Office hazard hunt
Kitchen hazard hunt
As an added level of difficulty, ask students to record:
- why it is dangerous
- what could happen if the hazard is not corrected
- how the hazard should be corrected
Exploring worker safety issues: Different types of work arrangements
Divide the class into groups. Ask each group to choose one type of work situation from the following list of five common non-standard job arrangements. Ask them to pretend they are working under this type of work arrangement. Alternatively, this could be done as an individual assignment.
Five non-standard job arrangements
- Part-time work – You are working after school for 15 hours a week in a convenience store. You are often alone in the store.
- 12-hour shifts – You are working 12 hour shifts in a factory for the summer.
- Small business – You are working for your uncle in his landscaping business for the summer.
- Temporary contract – You are working for the local municipality at the swimming pool on a temporary contract, painting the change room building.
- Work-at-home – You are working for a large telemarketing company from your home using your computer.
Each group should discuss the following questions and be prepared to present answers to the class for a discussion. Encourage the students to share their own experience of working part-time, on contract, etc.
- What are the health and safety challenges for the worker?
- What steps would you take to protect yourself or others working in these conditions?
- For your convenience here are answers [PDF 413 kb] for download. Please note that this exercise was originally published as part of the Societal Issues chapter in the Grade 11-12 resources.
Video scavenger hunt
This activity centers on the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s “7 Things you’d better know” video. The nine-minute video is a good overview and introduction to young worker awareness about workplace health and safety. The video emphasizes the frequency and severity of workplace injuries to young workers and introduces seven core messages.
You may want to show the video once and then hand out the question sheet [PDF 37 kb]. Show the video a second time and have students answer the questions.
By the time they have been through it twice, they will have captured the key messages.