Through the Alliance, OSHA and CareerSafe will work together to provide youth, ages 16 to 24, educators, and administrators with information and access to resources on the most common hazards encountered by new workers to reduce and prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, and improve youth workers' understanding of the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The Alliance aims to raise awareness of the foundational occupational safety and health (OSH) competencies and training needs of youth workers among educators and employers, to help forge innovative solutions for enhancing OSH training in career education, and to engage these workers in conversations about the safety and health issues most impacting them. Alliance participants will collaborate to develop resources, tools, and outreach messaging for OSHA staff, CareerSafe and its network, Career and Technical Student Organizations, Career and Technical Education Administrators and Instructors, youth workers, and employers on foundational OSH competencies that can be integrated into their efforts to provide skills training to youth workers who are in or will enter the workforce.
The goals of the Alliance include to:
Raising Awareness: Outreach and Communication
- Share information on OSHA's National Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, Outreach), and opportunities to participate in initiatives and the rulemaking process.
- Share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, and protections from retaliation for workers exercising their rights.
- Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, particularly those faced by young workers, and communicate such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and the OSHA and CareerSafe websites) to youth workers and their employers in a manner that effectively reaches youth workers, including those in underserved school districts.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's conferences, local meetings, and youth-focused events, including career and technical education events.
- Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings focused on youth and entry-level workers to raise awareness of the foundational occupational safety and health (OSH) competencies and training needs of these workers among educators and employers, to help forge innovative solutions for enhancing OSH training in career education, and to engage these workers in conversations about the safety and health issues most impacting them.
- Share information with OSHA personnel, industry safety and health professionals, and career educators and administrators through webinars, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) on effective OSH messaging for youth and entry-level workers.
- Collaborate with other Alliance participants on youth and entry-level worker safety and health.
- Build relationships with OSHA's National, Regional, and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, particularly those most impacting youth workers.
- Review and contribute to OSHA publications and resources intended for youth workers, and employers in industries that rely heavily on these workers.