Safe • Skilled • Ready Workforce Initiative
Reports and Publications
These documents provide information and resources related to young worker safety and health.
- Youth@Work: Talking Safety Curriculum — Updated 2015
NIOSH Publication Nos. 2015-121-174
The new Youth@Work: Talking Safety is a free, fun, foundation curriculum in workplace safety and health for middle and high school students. Talking Safety can be used in a classroom or other group training setting, and has been customized for each state, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Miami-Dade County, FL. to address their specific child labor rules, regulations and resources. The transferable competencies learned through the curriculum will help young workers stay safe and healthy on the job now and throughout their lives.
Talking Safety - Giving youth work readiness skills to keep them safe and healthy
Health and Safety of Young Workers: Proceedings of a U.S. and Canadian Series of Symposia
NIOSH Publication No. 2013-144
Research on the impacts of youth work goes on in many disciplines, with little interaction between them. These include the fields of business, law, psychology, public health, sociology, and youth development. NIOSH co-funded, with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, an effort that convened a unique series of symposia between 2007 and 2010. This project brought together scholars, practitioners, and business representatives from the U.S. and Canada to consider the implications of youth employment, and to make recommendations—considering the complex relationships of work with other components of youth development—for moving forward.
Enhancing Occupational Safety and Health through Use of the National Skill Standards
This is a peer-reviewed journal article that discusses the efforts of NIOSH to support integrating occupational safety and health into the national skill standards for the manufacturing sector.
Are You a Teen Worker? DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-130
NIOSH Publication No. 2012-130
This brochure gives teen workers answers to questions about teen worker rights, spotting risks on the job, and learning about laws that limit how many hours teens can work.
Occupational Injuries and Deaths Among Younger Workers - United States, 1998-2007
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: April 23, 2010 / 59(15);449-455.
This article includes statistics on workers injured or killed on the job, who are 15 to 24 years old. It reports statistics especially for workers 15 to 17 years old. The article looks at trends, presents information on worker traits, and it explains how injuries and deaths happen on the job.