MoL and WSIB join forces in Ontario to raise awareness of workplace health and safety with the It's Your Job Student Video Contest
TORONTO, March 2, 2016 /CNW/ - For the second consecutive year, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is partnering with the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MoL) to promote workplace health and safety for young workers by co-sponsoring the It's Your Job student video contest in Ontario.
"The health and safety of young workers is everyone's business. Education and awareness continue to be critical factors in reducing the number of workplace illnesses, injuries and fatalities. The WSIB has a responsibility to do all that we can to promote the health and safety of Ontario's young workers," said Elizabeth Witmer, Chair, WSIB.
Together with other health and safety partners, the WSIB and Ministry of Labour are committed to making Ontario a safer place for young people to work. This video contest is just one way of reaching young workers in a creative and digital format.
Contest participants are required to submit a creative video to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job. Themes can include topics such as: advice on how to ask employers and co-workers questions about workplace safety without fear or embarrassment; a message to employers on how it is okay for youth to ask them questions about workplace safety; or any other health and safety messages students wish to convey. This year's optional theme is Speak Up! Speak Out!
The annual competition is hosted by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and is open to all provinces and territories, to raise awareness of workplace health and safety amongst secondary students across Canada. The top Ontario video will be entered in the national contest to compete against secondary school winners from across the country. This year the first place national contest winner will get the chance to attend the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Launch ceremony on May 2, 2016, in Ottawa, where their video will be announced and shown.
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
- 1st Place: $2000 for the entrant(s), $2000 for their school
- 2nd Place: $1500 for the entrant(s), $1500 for their school
- 3rd Place: $1000 for the entrant(s), $1000 for their school
Contestants can submit videos until the contest closes on March 11, 2016, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time. The contest is open to current Ontario secondary school students. For more information please visit: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/contest/
SOURCE Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
For further information: Christine Arnott, WSIB Public Affairs, (416) 344-4202, [email protected]