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Talking Safety

September 2007
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2007-136
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Updated January 2015

Teaching Young Workers About Job Safety and Health

NIOSH is pleased to present Youth@Work: Talking Safety, a foundation curriculum in occupational safety and health. This curriculum is the culmination of many years’ work by a consortium of partners dedicated to reducing occupational injuries and illnesses among youth.

This curriculum is meant to be used in a classroom or other group training setting, and has been customized for each state, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands to address their specific child labor rules and regulations.

The entire booklet includes instructions for teachers and a step-by-step guide for presenting the material.

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Important note!
A new federal rule went into effect July 19, 2010 that strengthened some child labor laws and updated federal child labor provisions to better reflect the modern workplace. These changes are not reflected in the 2007 or 2010 version/s of the Talking Safety curriculum. To find out more about the rule, and how it affects young workers in your state, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s website:

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