Public Advisory: WorkplaceNL changing youth safety programs due to COVID-19 pandemic

St. John’s, NL – WorkplaceNL is changing its youth safety programs due to the closure of schools and training facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deadline for submissions to the Student Safety Video/Radio Ad contest is extended to May 20, 2020.  Students, from grades 7 to 12, are encouraged to submit a video or audio recording that promotes occupational health and safety (OHS); up to $2,000 in prizes is available. This is an opportunity for students to become safely and creatively involved from home while learning about OHS during a pandemic. Students must adhere to physical distancing measures while producing their entry.

The deadline to apply for a Youth Safety Training Bursary is extended to June 30, 2020. WorkplaceNL, with Husky Energy, are offering bursaries of up to $350 for anyone aged 15-19 years to obtain safety training. To apply, submit the Youth Safety Training Bursary Application form.

Both the Health and Safety Educator of the Year as well as the Safe Student of Year awards are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. This allows teachers and students to instead focus on continued learning during this interrupted school year.

The self-paced Young Worker Online OHS Course remains available, free of charge, through WorkplaceNL’s Certification Training Registry, to anyone – including young workers now providing essential services, students at home and employers (as a beneficial onboarding tool for young workers). It covers OHS rights and responsibilities, hazards in the workplace and the use of personal protective equipment. It is also a part of the Career Development 2201 curriculum in high schools in this province.

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Related Links

Student Safety Video/Radio Ad Contest (rules and submit an entry)

Youth Safety Training Bursary

Youth Safety Training Bursary Application Form

Young Worker Online OHS Course Introductory Video

Young Worker Online OHS Course

About WorkplaceNL

Serving approximately 13,000 injured workers and 18,500 employers, WorkplaceNL administers an employer-funded, no-fault insurance system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers compensation to injured workers and their dependents.

Media contact:

Carla Riggs, Director of Communications

709.778.1590 or


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