Hazardous task recognition among U.S. adolescents working in the retail or service industry.
Vladutiu-CJ; Rauscher-KJ; Runyan-CW; Schulman-M; Villaveces-A
Am J Ind Med 2010 Jul; 53(7):686-692
BACKGROUND: Although the hazardous tasks adolescent workers perform in service and retail industries are well documented, little is known about the extent to which young workers recognize these tasks as hazardous or dangerous. METHODS: Using data from a nationally representative cross-sectional telephone survey conducted in 2003, we examined hazardous task recognition among 858 adolescents working in the retail or service industry. RESULTS: Approximately 13% (n = 123) of respondents reported that they consider at least one of their job tasks to be hazardous or dangerous. Among the respondents who performed tasks known to be hazardous, very few actually recognized these tasks as being hazardous or dangerous. CONCLUSION: Working adolescents appear to underestimate the dangers associated with work, thus increasing the potential likelihood of injury. Emphasis should be placed on eliminating or reducing hazards in the workplace while simultaneously improving young workers' recognition of the hazardous nature of many of the tasks they perform.
Age-factors; Age-groups; Children; Demographic-characteristics; Education; Hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-hazards; Racial-factors; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Statistical-analysis; Training; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Work-practices;
Author Keywords: adolescent workers; hazard recognition; dangerous work; injury risk; training
Catherine J. Vladutiu, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, 137 East Franklin Street, CB#7505, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7505
Work Environment and Workforce: Special Populations
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill