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    You’re earning your own money. You’re making new friends. You’re learning new things and becoming independent. Work can be a fun, rewarding, and an exciting part of your life. But did you know that your job could harm you? Every 9 minutes, a U.S. teen gets hurt on the job. These teens are young people like Emily, who was working alone at a sandwich shop when a robber with a gun attacked her. And they’re like Joe, a construction helper who was electrocuted on his job. It doesn’t have to be this way. You have a right to be safe and healthy at work. Young workers get sick or hurt on the job for many reasons-dangerous equipment, an unsafe workplace, stress. Sometimes they’re hurt from working too fast so they can keep up. As a young worker, you’re more likely than an older person to be injured on the job. You may even be asked to do something that the law says you’re not allowed to do! This guide gives you the facts you need to stay safe and healthy at work. It also shows you what jobs you can (and can’t) do, and it teaches you about your rights and responsibilities as a young worker. (Farm jobs aren’t covered here, because the laws for farm work are different.) The Resources on page 5 will give you ideas about where to go for help if you have a health or safety problem at work. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Have fun, stay safe, and remember that no job is worth your health-or your life.

    NIOSHTIC NO 20040499

    "The Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health (FedNet) updated this brochure, which was prepared originally by the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program under a cooperative agreement from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-132. An update to the original document developed for California is available at:" - p. 5

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    Supersedes NIOSH publication 2011-184 issued August 2011.
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