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Youth@Work: Talking Safety: Giving youth work readiness skills to keep them safe and healthy

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    Why do youth get hurt, sick, or killed on the job? Teens work in a variety of industries, from food service to farming. They get hurt at twice the rate of adult workers. Employers are responsible for making workplaces safe. But youth often lack proper supervision, safety awareness, and training. What is Talking Safety? Talking Safety is a free, interactive, curriculum that teaches essential work readiness skills to middle and high school students. The curriculum helps young people to: 1. Receive vital work readiness skills they can use in any workplace, now and in the future. 2. Increase their awareness of workplace safety risks and hazards. 3. Communicate with employers and protect themselves from job hazards. 4. Know their rights and responsibilities on the job. 5. Have a positive and active attitude toward workplace safety and health. 6. Know how to respond to emergencies on the job. It contributes to academic performance. Studies show that when a teen is hurt on the job, s/he can experience a negative impact on academic performance. Keeping youth healthy and safe on the job is crucial to helping them succeed in the classroom. It fits into school health and work readiness programs. Talking Safety is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Health Education Standards (NHES), the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC). You can also use Talking Safety in career education/work readiness programs, internship programs, and in other training situations for young workers. Does Talking Safety work? Yes! The curriculum was pilot tested in 16 high schools across the United States. It was shown to increase students' knowledge of workplace safety and health and gave them vital skills for protecting themselves on the job. What can you do to protect teen workers? Make Youth@Work: Talking Safety part of the school health and work readiness programs in your district.

    NIOSHTIC No 20045981

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