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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
Thursday, January 02, 2003
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Part of the Department of Labor's Youth Rules Web Site
WASHINGTON -- Keeping America's working teens safe and healthy while on the job is the goal of a new web site unveiled today by OSHA. The Teen Workers safety and health page is part of the agency's contribution to the Department of Labor's new initiative on young workers and is now OSHA's premier site for teen worker safety and health information.
"Every year 70 teenagers die from work-related injuries and 77,000 more are injured seriously enough to require emergency medical treatment-and that's just not acceptable," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "This site is one more way to provide our young workers with the knowledge they deserve so they can have safe and positive work experiences."
The teen safety and health site educates young workers, parents, employers and educators on workplace safety. The site offers educational resources such as fact sheets on workplace rights and responsibilities, hazards on the job, ways to prevent injuries, work hours, job restrictions, and more. It also links to states that have special web sites or initiatives designed for young workers.
The new teen safety and health site can be accessed from the Department of Labor's YouthRules! web site, or through the OSHA web site A-Z index under "Youth" or under What's New.
OSHA is working on new ways to increase job safety and health awareness among teens and is preparing additional outreach and education materials designed to prevent young workers from being injured on the job.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
This news release text is on the Internet at http://www.osha.gov. Information on this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.
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