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teen waitressWork-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes: Preventing Injuries to Young Drivers: What Employers Should Know
NIOSH Publication No. 2013-153
This fact sheet will help employers be more aware of the risk of motor vehicle crashes among younger workers. It gives information about Federal and state laws that cover workplace driving and offers recommendations to employers for preventing motor vehicle crashes among younger workers. Finally, it provides links to useful resources on the Internet.

Work-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes: Preventing Injuries to Young Drivers: What Parents Should Know
NIOSH Publication No. 2013-152
If you are a parent of a teen or young adult who drives as part of his or her job, it is important that you understand the risk for motor vehicle crashes at work. This fact sheet gives information about Federal and state laws that cover workplace driving and offers recommendations for you and your son or daughter for preventing motor vehicle crashes among younger workers. Finally, it provides links to useful resources on the Internet.

Health and Safety of Young Workers: Proceedings of a U.S. and Canadian Series of Symposia
NIOSH Publication No. 2013-144
This document is a compilation of white papers (or subsequently published articles) that were developed through a series of symposia co-funded by NIOSH and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. The symposia brought together scholars from multiple disciplines, practitioners and business representatives from the U.S. and Canada to consider the implications of youth employment, and to make recommendations for moving forward, considering the complex relationships of work with other components of youth development. White papers and articles were authored by business scholars, epidemiologists, health communicators, physicians, psychologists, and sociologists.

Are You A Working Teen?
NIOSH Publication No. 2012-130
Document targeted to teen workers that answers questions about teen worker rights, hazard recognition, as well as regulations on the hours teens are permitted to work by law.
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A Story of Impact: Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks
NIOSH Publication No. 2011-129
This document concisely describes the impact of the NIOSH-supported effort to develop the North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT). The NAGCAT have contributed to reductions in childhood farm injuries by providing parents with guidance on farm work tasks that match a child’s physical, mental, and psychosocial abilities.

Evaluating Teen Farmworker Education: An Evaluation of a High School ESL Health and Safety Curriculum
NIOSH Publication No. 2011-113
This document concisely describes the results and impact of a NIOSH-supported study that demonstrated that a school-based English as a Second Language (ESL) Curriculum was an effective mechanism for reaching hired teen farmworkers and teaching them about occupational safety and health.

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 fatal and nonfatal data for workers 15 to 24 years of age, with data reported specifically for workers 15 to 17 years of age. The article includes trend analyses as well as data on worker characteristics and events leading to injury and death.

Injuries to Youth on Farms and Safety Recommendations, U.S. 2006
NIOSH Publication No. 2009-117
This pamphlet describes risks for children who live and work on farms, and provides recommendations for preventing childhood farm injuries.

Youth@Work: Talking Safety Curriculum
NIOSH Publication No. 2007-136
Curriculum in occupational safety and health that can be used in classroom or other group training settings. The curriculum has been customized for each state and Puerto-Rico to address state-specific rules and regulations, and includes instructions for teachers and a step-by-step guide for presenting the material.

Can You Dig It? A Safety & Health Guide for Young Workers in Landscaping, Greenhouses & Nurseries [PDF - 1800 KB]
This pamphlet developed by several federal and state agencies is targeted to workers less than 24 years of age and provides information on relevant age restrictions in federal child labor laws, safety and health hazards associated with this work, employee rights, and contact information for relevant federal agencies.
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Injuries to Youth on Hispanic Farm Operations, 2003
NIOSH Publication No. 2007-162
This pamphlet describes risks for children who live and work on farms operated by Hispanic farmers, and provides recommendations for preventing childhood farm injuries.

Injuries to Youth on Racial Minority Farm Operations, 2003
NIOSH Publication No. 2007-163
This pamphlet describes risks for children who live and work on farms operated by racial minority farmers, and provides recommendations for preventing childhood farm injuries.

Reduce Injuries and Fatalities to Working Youth [PDF - 2.3 MB]
NIOSH Traumatic Injury Program Evidence Package, Chapter 5, Goal 8
Section in the NIOSH Traumatic Injury Research and Prevention Program Evidence Package reviewed by the National Academies of Sciences that describes NIOSH efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities to working youth, and an assessment of the impact of these efforts. Full Traumatic Injury Evidence Package

Child Labor - Agriculture [PDF - 1.84 MB]
NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program Evidence Package, Chapter 4, Goal 2, Section 4.1
Section in the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program Evidence Package reviewed by the National Academies of Sciences that describes NIOSH efforts to reduce childhood farm injuries, and an assessment of the impact of these efforts. Full Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Evidence Package

School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide
NIOSH Publication No. 2007-107
This document attempts to provide teachers, and ultimately their students, with information so that they can take the appropriate precautionary actions in order to prevent or minimize hazards, harmful exposures, and injuries in the laboratory.

Global Occupational Health Network Newsletter on Child Labour & Adolescent Workers [PDF - 352 KB]
Includes a number of articles on international child labour and efforts to improve the safety and health of child laborers worldwide, including an article by NIOSH researchers on efforts to develop curricula to promote young worker safety and health.

Working Together for Safety — A State Team Approach to Preventing Occupational Injuries in Young People
NIOSH Publication No. 2005-134 (May 2005)
Contains two case studies that demonstrate the value of the State team approach to fostering safe and healthful youth employment, and also describes the experiences and activities of State teams in the Northeast; the products developed by the teams, and key resources for other States interested in creating their own State teams.

NIOSH Safety Checklist Program For Schools
NIOSH Publication No. 2004-101 (October 2003)
In one easy-to-read source, the Safety Checklist Program provides information needed by schools to maintain safe classrooms, shops, and labs for teachers and students in career-technical education. This information can also be used by colleges and universities with occupational safety and health programs.
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NIOSH Alert: Preventing Deaths, Injuries and Illnesses of Young Workers
NIOSH Publication No. 2003-128 (July 2003)
Summarizes data on young worker injuries and illnesses, provides case reports, and makes recommendations for prevention measures that can be taken by young workers, employers, educators and parents.
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Safe Work For Youth In Construction - Information For Employers
NIOSH Publication No. 2004-113 (December 2003)
This pamphlet describes risks for young workers doing construction work and provides recommendations to construction employers on how to prevent young worker injuries and deaths.
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Preventing Work-Related Burn Injury to Youth Working in Fast Food Restaurants--Fact Sheet [PDF - 77 KB]
This fact sheet describes risks for burns to young workers in fast food restaurants and provides recommendations for burn prevention.

NIOSH Recommendations to the U.S. Department of Labor for Changes to Hazardous Orders (May 2002)
The U.S. Department of Labor, NIOSH and others have identified the need to assess the adequacy of existing HOs to protect working youth. NIOSH developed a report based on a review of data and the scientific literature.

Safe Jobs for Youth (May 2001)
This document describes information disseminated by NIOSH in May 2001 to high school principals across the United States. The purpose of the mailing was to inform high schools and students about potential hazards of summer employment and steps students could take to stay safe.

Promoting Safe Work for Young Workers
NIOSH Publication No. 99-141 (November 1999)
This guide is for anyone interested in young workers safety and health issues. It is based on the experiences of three NIOSH-funded community-based young worker projects.

Childhood Work-Related Agricultural Fatalities--Minnesota, 1994-1997.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: April 3, 1999 / 48(16);332-5.
Journal article published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a weekly publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Protecting Youth at Work: Health, Safety, and Development of Working Children and Adolescents in the United States (1998)
A book available for free online reading.This book provides historical perspective on working children and adolescents in America and explores the framework of child labor laws that govern that work. The committee presents a wide range of data and analysis on the scope of youth employment, factors that put children and adolescents at risk in the workplace, and the positive and negative effects of employment, including data on educational attainment and lifestyle choices.

Youth Agricultural Work-Related Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments--United States, October 1995-September 1997.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: September 11,1998 / 47(35);733-7.
Journal article published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a weekly publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Child Labor Research Needs - Recommendations from the NIOSH Child Labor Working Team: Special Hazard Review
NIOSH Publication No. 97-143 (August 1997)
Information about youth employment, occupational injury and illness in young workers, Federal and State regulation of child labor, and national objectives for the occupational safety and health of youths.

Control of Scrap Paper Baler Crushing Hazards: Hazard Control 14
NIOSH Publication No. 97-113 (1997)
A Hazard Control detailing an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding 16 and 17 year old workers and the operation and maintenance of paper balers. The ANSI Standard for "Baling Equipment - Safety Requirements" is also summarized.

Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Associated with Child Labor--United States, 1993
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: June 7, 1996 / 45(22);464-8.
Journal article published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a weekly publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 
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