The province announced on Thursday it is expanding workplace safety programs in Nova Scotia schools.

The eight-hour in-class instruction was piloted to 330 Grade 9 students across the province during the 2009-10 academic year, and after consultation with teachers, it will now be introduced into all schools for 2010-11.

The program is developed by the Education and Labour and Workforce Development and the Workers’ Compensation Board and will be added into the compulsory Healthy Living 9 course. According to Statistics Canada, the number of youth joining the workforce in Nova Scotia is increasing — up to 62,700 for those aged between 15 and 24.

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