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Safety matters : a safety & health training for young workers

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      DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH)
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      Millions of teens in the United States work. Recent statistics show that 1.6 million U.S. youth age 15-17 are employed. Surveys suggest that 80% of teens have worked by the time they finish high school. Although work provides many benefits for young people, it can also be dangerous. Every year, nearly 60,000 youths age 15 to 17 get injured on the job seriously enough to seek emergency room treatment. In fact, teens are twice as likely to be injured at work than are adult workers. We also know that those under age 15 suffer high rates of occupational injuries, but accurate numbers are unavailable. As new workers, adolescents are likely to be inexperienced and unfamiliar with many of the tasks required of them. Yet despite teen workers' high injury rates on the job, safety at work is usually one of the last things they worry about. Many of teens' most positive traits - energy, enthusiasm, and a need for increased challenge and responsibility - can cause them to take on tasks they are not prepared to do safely. They may also be reluctant to ask questions or to speak up when they are feeling unsafe or threatened at work. Occupational health and safety education is key to preventing injury among working teens, and it provides them with important job and life skills they need, now and in the future. Although workplace-specific training is critical, young people also need to learn and practice general health and safety skills that they will carry with them from job to job. Teens should be able to see the hazards in any workplace. They should understand how hazards can be controlled, what to do in an emergency, what rights and responsibilities they have on the job, and how to speak up effectively when problems arise at work. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) are partnering to help make all young people aware of the critical life skills they need to stay safe and healthy on the job, now and throughout their lives.

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      NIOSH, AIHA [2016]. Safety matters: a safety and health training for young workers. By Guerin RJ, Okun AO, Lacey SE. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2016-100.

      NIOSHTIC No 20046793


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