OSHA encourages young people to think about safety and health in the workplace.
The Region I Providence Area Office is working with the Girl Scouts of Rhode
Island, and the Region II New York Office is working with the Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA)
on two Girl Scout patch projects to foster active awareness of occupational
safety and health by Girl Scouts. Interest patches are a cornerstone of the Girl
Scout program and serve as recognition that a scout has completed the
requirements for or demonstrated an understanding of a concept such as
occupational safety and health. Both Regions I and II have designed their own
Occupational Safety and Heath (OSH) Patch.
For the Safety and Health Day event, the Region has designed ten interactive stations for the Girl Scouts to visit. These stations include Hazards Recognition Games, Wage and Hour Information Bingo, and other activities that feature women working in construction and disaster preparedness as well as addressing issues related to personal protective equipment and workers compensation. Says Marthe Kent, OSHA Regional Administrator for Region I Boston, Massachusetts, "The GSUSA/OSH Patch is an excellent new tool to ensure that young workers have the information they need to recognize the safety and health hazards they are likely to encounter on their first jobs." Region I expects about 100 girls to attend the Safety and Health Day and will give each girl who finishes the 10 stations a patch. (See Figure 1.) For more information about the Region I Girl Scout Patch Project, please contact Maryann Medeiros.
Region II's involvement in the OSH Patch Project involves reaching out to scouts
of varying ages through age-appropriate learner-focused activities related to
occupational safety and health. For example, Brownies (age 6 - 8) participate in a
puppet show designed to educate them on the importance of workplace safety while
Juniors (age 8 - 11), Cadettes (age 11-14) and Seniors (age 14 - 17) participate in
interactive and practical learning activities that focus on using personal
protective equipment, locating workplace-specific hazards, and learning about
chemical reactions and environmental health. Goals of the project include
developing a resource network that can educate and inform Girl Scouts and their
peers about workplace safety and health, promoting safe work practices and
establishing a link between the USGSA Web site and OSHA's Teen Workers Safety
and Health Topics Page. In particular, this USGSA/OSH Interest Patch Project
addresses issues of teen worker safety and health and tries to make Scouts aware
of the importance of workplace safety and health as they embark upon
teen-oriented jobs in industries such as food service, retail and construction. Figure 2 shows the Region II OSH Patch.