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Employer tips: keeping young workers safe on the job.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Occupational Health Surveillance Program
Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2008; :1-2
For many teens, work is a rewarding experience. However, it also has risks. Each year more than 160,000 US teens are injured at work, about a third of whom are hurt badly enough to seek emergency room treatment. This tip sheet provides some simple guidelines employers can follow to prevent injuries to teen workers. 7 Steps to Safer Teen Jobs: 1) Know & Post the Child Labor Laws - The child labor laws prohibit teens from working late or long hours and from performing certain hazardous tasks. 2) Make Sure Teens Have Work Permits - Before beginning a new job, every teen less than 18 years of age must get a Work Permit from the school district where he or she lives or attends school. 3) Identify & Eliminate Hazards - Review where injuries have occurred in the past and eliminate hazards whenever possible. 4) Provide Effective Supervision - Make sure front-line supervisors who give work assignments know the child labor laws! 5) Provide Health & Safety Training - Work with teens to identify hazards and train them on how to do tasks safely. 6) Prepare Teens for Emergencies - Employees of all ages should be ready to handle different types of emergencies at work. 7) Establish a Health & Safety Committee - Set up a health and safety committee that meets regularly to identify hazards and address problems and include employees of all ages and all levels of management in your committee.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Adolescents; Surveillance-programs; Employee-health; Occupations; Humans; Workers; Work-environment; Health-protection; Training; Hazards; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-education; Work-practices; Industrial-safety; Industrial-environment; Decision-making; Management-personnel; Supervisory-personnel; Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Teens at Work: Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
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Keeping young workers safe on the job
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division