Are Your Students Working Outside this Summer? Heat Illness Can be Deadly
The body normally cools itself by sweating, however during hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn’t enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if you don’t drink enough water and rest in the shade. You can suffer from heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Any worker exposed to hot and humid conditions is at risk of heat illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Some workers might be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions, including new workers. Young workers are at an even higher risk if their central nervous system is not fully developed.
Learn more about heat stress and how to prevent heat-related illness.
New and Young Workers Blitz
Ontario has launched inspection blitzes to ensure new and young workers, such as summer student employees, are safe on the job and know their rights at work.
From May 1 to August 31, 2017, Ontario workplace inspectors and officers are visiting workplaces that typically hire new and young workers, such as food services and retail trade, to ensure that employers are complying with provincial health and safety and employment standards laws, including training requirements, minimum wage, hours of work and overtime pay.
Young Workers at Work
Did you know the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) sets minimum standards for things like pay, work hours and time off? Most workplaces in Ontario must follow this law and employee rights are the same whether you work full-time or part-time.
As the school semester is quickly wrapping up, many students may find themselves working during the summer months. There are a many resources and reminders available to students before they begin working this summer.
- Young workers on the job
- Are young workers who are part-time employees covered by the ESA?
- What is minimum wage?
- Are young workers entitled to a lunch break or coffee break?
- Can an employer deduct the cost of a uniform, or other items, from an employee’s pay?
- Can an employer withhold, make deductions from or require an employee to turn over their tips and other gratuities?
- Are young workers who are employed in retail required to work on public holidays and on Sundays?
- Are unpaid internships legal in Ontario?
- What if the employer does not follow the ESA?
For additional information, please visit the Young Workers page on the Ministry of Labour website.
- Live Safe! Work Smart! resource website for teachers
- Ministry of Labour’s Young Workers webpage
- Read previous editions of the newsletter
- Order resources at Publications Ontario
- Email your ideas for articles to: PreventionFeedback@ontario.ca
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