Young, New, & Vulnerable Worker Health
& Safety Initiatives
Who are vulnerable workers?
Any worker of any age who is new to the job they’re assigned is three times more likely to be injured in the first four weeks on the job than at any other time (Institute for Work and Health research).
Besides being “new”, and therefore lacking experience, those most vulnerable to workplace injuries include certain types of workers and precarious working conditions.
Types of workers who are most vulnerable:
Any worker who starts a new job or a new task with their current employer
Foreign temporary workers
Older workers/aging workforce
Workers earning just enough money for food and shelter
Language and cultural differences
Working conditions that increases vulnerability:
Hazardous working conditions
Lack of training and supervision
Precarious work arrangements: low wages, multi part time jobs, short term work, seasonal work, contracted work, underground economy, non-union positions.
Sue’s leadership and expertise has contributed to many successful initiatives – experience that can help government, corporations and organizations identify and assess vulnerable worker issues and take action to help protect these marginalized workers.
What we can do for you…
No matter where you are with vulnerable worker strategies or initiatives, we can advance your position.
Assess current status
Evaluate current programs, polices or strategies, review statistics and research and provide advice on a new or renewed strategy and/or based on our experience, recommend specific initiatives.
Based on your goals, objectives, budget and time frame, develop a strategy that consider risk assessment, stakeholder support, resource responsibility and accountability.
Stakeholders and partners
Assess potential strategic partnerships and recommend new ones.
Conduct consultations and/or establish new teams.
For specific initiatives:
Develop a comprehensive work plan that spans approval phases to implementation.
Establish an evaluation framework.
Provide assistance and advice for implementation and advice for maintaining and sustaining your initiatives.