OHS for Young Workers #StudentChallenge



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The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) for Young Workers #StudentChallenge invites Ontario post-secondary students to conceptualize innovative and creative solutions, resources or services for increasing OHS awareness and reducing workplace injuries and illnesses among young workers.


More than 30,000 Ontario workers aged 15-24 received injuries on the job between 2011 and 2015.


As a young worker, you are three times more likely to be injured on the job than more experienced workers. Young workers are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries and illnesses as they are typically involved in seasonal, contract, part-time or casual work, and often change jobs frequently. This puts you at a greater risk as you may lack the ability or the resources to understand your workplace rights.



What Can You Do to Prevent Workplace Injuries & Illnesses?


We’re interested in tapping into your knowledge and experiences to uncover unique solutions to help address this important issue. This is your opportunity to make a difference. Your creative idea could win you a paid full-time internship at the Public Services Health and Safety Association, cash prizes and other great rewards!


Click here for the Winners announcement from our 2016-17 #StudentChallenge.



How to Enter




1. Download & Complete the Application Form.

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2. Email your Application to studentchallenge@pshsa.ca by February 23, 2018.

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3. Make a Difference!

Resources for Students


Contestants are encouraged to review the following free resources when crafting their health and safety concepts and ideas. These resource manuals, tools and tutorials outline basic OHS roles and responsibilities for workers and employers with a particular focus on new and young workers. For any questions regarding these resources or requests for additional information, please email studentchallenge@pshsa.ca.






Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) is a non-profit organization funded by the Ministry of Labour to work with Ontario’s public and broader public sector employers and workers, providing training, consulting and resources to reduce workplace risks and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.


PSHSA interns gain valuable on the job experience in an innovative and supportive OHS environment dedicated to personal and professional growth. Gain exposure to key stakeholders and engage with Public and Broader Public Sector partners. Contribute to leading edge research. Develop advanced prevention products and training programs. PSHSA commits to engaging interns in projects and initiatives that are relevant to your career goals. Join us as our next intern!


Do you have any questions? Reach out to us!


“Working at PSHSA has been a great experience. As the 2016 winner of the #StudentChallenge, I was provided with many opportunities, including the chance to present a business case in front of senior management and organize a hackathon event. I have been able to further build on my idea for developing a mobile app, and learn more about my part in helping to reduce workplace incidents among young workers. PSHSA has given me many growth opportunities and allowed me to broaden my creative and innovative side which I will build upon in future endeavours.”


Winner of the 2016 #StudentChallenge

Terms and Conditions


The following terms and conditions apply to the OHS for Young Workers Student Challenge (“the contest”), and must be agreed to upon participation. If there are any questions with regard to the terms and conditions, please contact studentchallenge@pshsa.ca.


1. The contest is open to full and part time students (undergraduate or graduate) residing in Ontario who are enrolled at a college or university for the 2017/18 academic year.


2. Submissions can only be authored by a single individual.


3. Application forms can be downloaded online at www.pshsa.ca/studentchallenge. All applications must include the following items:


a. Student Information Form

b. Confirmation of enrollment in an eligible program (e.g. transcript, letter of endorsement from the entrant’s academic        institution or a professor/instructor)

c. Occupational Health and Safety Concept Overview

Entrants are also permitted to submit up to three (3) attachments to support their application (e.g. statistics, research, videos, articles).


4. All applications must be received via email to studentchallenge@pshsa.ca by the submission deadline on February 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.


5. Each entrant is permitted to submit no more than two (2) distinct concepts.


6. All submissions will be evaluated by PSHSA according to the following criteria:


a. Strength of the overall plan to transfer knowledge, raise awareness and/or build capacity

b. Probability that concept will deliver outcome of improved health and safety awareness and/or reduced workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities among the target market

c. Level of originality and innovation

d. Potential to scale


7. The top entrants that are selected to advance to the next round will be notified via email by March 9, 2018. Should the entries received fail to meet the above criteria, PSHSA is not obligated to select any entrants to advance.


8. Those selected to advance will prepare a presentation that is to be presented to a panel of industry professionals, key stakeholders and subject matter experts in March, and must address the following elements in addition to those items outlined in the entrant’s submitted Concept Overview:


a. Implementation plan (including expected timeline, costs and other resources)

b. Methods for measuring and evaluating performance

c. Potential risks, mitigation strategies and contingency plans


Note that PSHSA has the capability to accommodate both in-person and remote presentations to the panel. if required, digital communications solutions will be offered in order to reduce environmental impacts and costs associated with travel, and to accommodate contestants from across the province.


9. In addition to the criteria listed in #6, presentations will be evaluated by the panel according to the following:


a. Creativity of concept

b. Feasibility of implementation plan

c. Ability to measure and evaluate performance

d. Potential to glean market insights

e. Level of sustainability, or other potential applications

f. Presentation skills


10. Finalists will be announced after the panel presentations, and will receive the following rewards:


a. First Place: paid, full-time internship (3-4 months) at PSHSA’s head office (4950 Yonge Street, Suite 1800, Toronto, Ontario) to further develop and implement winning concept, beginning and ending between May 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018.

b. Second Place: $750 scholarship

c. Third Place: $500 scholarship


11. By participating in this contest, all entrants acknowledge and authorize that their names, work and/or photographs may be published or recognized publicly by PSHSA and/or its stakeholders for promotional purposes online and/or in print.


12. As the winning concept will be fostered within and resourced by Public Services Health and Safety Association, the entry submitted and presented via this contest which is selected as first place, as well as any resulting model, product, service or outcome, will become the property of Public Services Health and Safety Association.


13. Failure to accept or follow the above terms and conditions may result in disqualification from the contest.



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