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October 15, 2021

Jennifer Dyck, SAFE Work Manitoba

This profile is part of a series in support of Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 3, 2021. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada. With the pandemic continuing to change how students learn, the 27th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day presented by RBC Future Launch will be back with a virtually delivered look at the world of work for Grade 9 students across Canada.
 
This year’s theme – You Belong Here! – will expose young minds, as they enter their first year of high school, to a wide range of careers reflecting the full diversity of students, interests and the future world of work.
 
To learn more and register, go to takeourkidstowork.ca.

Job title:

Prevention Consultant / Occupational Health Nurse

In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:

I was pretty shy in high school, but maybe most likely to be in a caring profession

The skills I rely on most in my role are:

I rely on my ability to be open, honest and trustworthy, look at situations objectively, and be a team player
 

Q: What do companies do to keep their employees safe?

 
A:  That’s a great question! Worker safety has become one of my professional goals: ensure every person who goes to work returns home to their family in the same way they left the house. 
 
Workplaces have a legal requirement to keep their workers safe. They must put safety and health measures in place to make sure you are always safe at work. For example, proper use, storage and labeling of chemicals; ensuring physical guards are in place on exposed parts of machines (e.g., to prevent pinch points, cuts, amputations etc.); and having a safe work plan for workers who have to work alone.
Workplaces must provide workers with the appropriate training to do these and all other work tasks safely. Workers must also be provided with and use the appropriate personal protective equipment where needed (e.g., mask, gloves, safety glasses, etc.). Lastly, it is important that workplaces provide a psychologically healthy and safe environment.
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, workplaces have been required to put in additional measures to keep workers safe and healthy. This has included things like plexiglas barriers, directional signage, limits on gathering, and work-from-home policies.
 
As a Grade 9 student, we want you to feel empowered to speak up when you get your first job – ask questions and learn about hazards in the workplace because you should always feel safe at work. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to your supervisor, be sure to talk to a trusted person! 
 
Check out safemanitoba.com for more workplace safety and health information.
 
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