Safety is first and foremost in Co-operative Education.
Prior to undertaking a work placement students must learn about workplace health and safety and employer and employee responsibilities. For students going out on a co-op placement, risk assessment is the priority.
Any teachers and non-teaching personnel responsible for securing and supervising placements must assess the health and safety environment of the potential placements and recommend only those placements that are appropriate.  This is done through a pre-placement assessment.
Students engaged in Co-operative Education placements are covered by the school insurance program. (
Schools are also governed by provincial and school board policies and guidelines.