Young Victorian workers between the ages of 15 and 24 are more likely to be injured at work and hospitalised than any other age group.
But everyone who has a paid job in Victoria has a right to be safe when they're at work. Your boss has a legal obligation to make sure both workers and visitors to the workplace are not at risk of injury.
WorkSafe Victoria is responsible for raising awareness about workplace health and safety, offering advice and information about the best ways to make workplaces safe and enforcing the law.
If you work, you have the right to return home safely without injury.
Being trained in workplace safety
When you start a new job you need to be given the right kind of training by your employer to make sure you can do the job safely.
If you're new to a job and have never done that kind of work before, you shouldn't be left alone without supervision if you're doing a task that puts you at risk of injury.
If you don't think you've had enough training or supervision to keep you safe in your workplace, you should speak to your boss about it. If you don't want to talk to your boss, ask your supervisor or an older or more experienced workmate.
Your workplace may also have an elected Health and Safety Representative (HSR). The HSR can help you with anything to do with health and safety at work.
Remember it's always better to ask questions if you don't understand what you've been told to do, or if you're not sure how to do it safely.
If you have any questions about safety at work you can always contact WorkSafe directly through their Advisory Service.
The Advisory Service has information about general safety issues or specific advice on safety at your workplace, including an easy reference fact sheet called "Safety Tips for Young Workers". They can also tell you about what to do if you are injured.
You can contact the Advisory Service telephone by calling 1800 136 089 or (03) 9641 1444 between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Your call can be anonymous. You can also email your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.