April 21, 2008
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Secretary of Labor unveils campaign during NBC's TODAY show
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) joined with other federal and state agencies in supporting the national 2008 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign at the Sacramento Job Corps Center today. U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao unveiled this year's campaign, which focuses on construction, earlier today on NBC's TODAY show from New York City.
"Through this campaign, we hope to instill a culture of safety in America's next generation of employees," said Richard Terrill, acting regional administrator for OSHA in San Francisco. "We look forward to working with construction safety and health leaders to further our mutual goal of ensuring that teens go home safe and healthy at the end of the day."
The kick-off event at the Sacramento Job Corps Center featured students and instructors demonstrating safe practices in the construction trades. In addition to OSHA and the Sacramento Job Corps Center, participants included the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division and Office of Apprenticeship, as well as the State of California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. The campaign is part of OSHA's Young Worker Initiative, which provides information and resources to teenagers, parents, educators and employers to ensure that youth have safe and rewarding work experiences. To learn more about workplace safety for teens, visit www.osha.gov/teens.
Workplaces are safer than they have ever been with fatality and injury and illness rates declining to record lows in this administration. The injury and illness rate was 4.4 per 100 employees and the work-related fatality rate was 4.0 fatalities per 100,000 employees in 2006, the latest data available. Since OSHA's inception in 1971, U.S. employment has increased from 56 million employees at 3.5 million worksites to more than 135 million employees at 8.9 million worksites.
OSHA and its regional partners are striving to reduce work-related injuries among teenagers by teaching them on-the-job safety and integration of principles into their work tasks from this early age. Through working with many strong national and regional Alliance Program participants and other cooperative programs, OSHA plans to reach more than three million teens who work during the summer.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.
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