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School nurses: a resource for young worker safety.

Authors
Higgins-DN; Teirney-J; Lins-M; Hanrahan-L
Source
J Sch Nurs 2004 Dec; 20(6):317-323
NIOSHTIC No.
20025689
Abstract
On average, 67 youths under age 18 die at work in the United States each year, and many more suffer work-related injuries. In 1998, an estimated 77,000 young workers suffered work injuries that required treatment in hospital emergency rooms. It is estimated that only one third of work-related injuries are seen in emergency departments; therefore, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that nearly 230,000 youths suffer work-related injuries each year. Through NIOSH's Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program, NIOSH investigators identified poor knowledge of child labor laws, lack of safety training and supervision, inappropriate job assignment, and lack of employer compliance with labor laws as factors contributing to young worker deaths. School nurses serve as a resource to other professionals, parents, employers, and students and can help foster safer working conditions for youth by providing these groups with young worker safety information.
Keywords
Nurses; Nursing; Health-care-personnel; Workers; Worker-health; Work-environment; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health-nursing; Demographic-characteristics; Age-factors; Age-groups; Emergency-responders; Injuries; Injury-prevention
Publication Date
20041201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008328
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
1059-8405
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
The Journal of School Nursing
State
WV; WI
Performing Organization
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
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