On March 31, 2003, more than 40 public health and occupational safety professionals convened in Newton, Massachusetts to discuss effective strategies for preventing work-related injuries to young people. This event, the Northeast Young Worker Safety Workshop, was sponsored by the Young Worker Safety Resource Center (YWSRC), a project of Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and the University of California Berkeley. YWSRC is funded by OSHA under a Susan Harwood grant.
The YWSRC provides training and materials to teachers, job placement professionals, employers and others in a position to reach adolescents with work-related information. The staff of the YWSRC have developed and disseminated two basic occupational safety curricula (Worksafe! and Safe Work/Safe Workers), and they train professionals how to use this curricula with the young people they serve. Due to limitations of funding, the YWSRC operates primarily in the Northeast and California.
Every year, 200,000 American teens are injured on the job. Approximately 77,000 are injured seriously enough to require treatment in emergency departments. Thousands are hospitalized. And, every year, about 70 American teenagers are killed while on-the-job. Teenagers are injured on the job at a rate higher than that of adults-despite the fact that teens are prohibited by child labor laws from working in the most hazardous industries.
Following a welcome and introduction from Marthe Kent, Regional Administrator of OSHA Region I, participants heard from speakers representing a broad range of expertise on young worker safety. These included:
Participants also heard from a panel representing Federal agencies involved in protecting young workers:
In addition, representatives from each state in the region shared educational, legislative, and workplace-based strategies for reducing injuries among teen workers, including:
The Northeast Young Worker Safety Workshop is also notable for the participation of OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs) from the states in the Northeast region. Marthe Kent, Regional Administrator and Doug Edwards, CAS Coordinator for the Regional OSHA office, encouraged the CASs to attend the workshop. This marks the first time that New England Compliance Assistance Specialists have come together as a group to learn and share strategies that will promote the safety of young workers. CASs provide outreach, training, education, and assistance in complying with Federal labor laws to businesses, labor unions, and other organizations. Workshop participants learned about the ways the CASs are promoting young worker safety through outreach to employers, community groups and teens.
On April 1, 2003 the Compliance Assistance Specialists in Region I reconvened in Newton for training in the use of curricula designed to teach young people how to remain safe on the job. These curricula (Worksafe! and Safe Work/Safe Workers) were developed by staff of EDC and University of California Berkeley with funding from NIOSH. The training package consists of a curriculum for teaching high school students about occupational safety and health, a 10-minute video tape (Teens: the hazards we face in the workplace), and a 20-minute power point presentation. Hundreds of teachers and job trainers, and thousands of teens have used these curricula over the past five years. The CASs were encouraged to use the curricula activities when they are invited to give presentations to high school students and/or employers.
For more information, please contact Doug Edwards, Compliance Assistance, Partnership and Alliance Programs Manager, OSHA Region I, at Douglas Edwards.Back to Top
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