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A Safety & Health Training for Young Workers


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) are proud to present Safety Matters, a program to raise awareness among young people about workplace safety and health and to provide an understanding of the skills they need to become active participants in creating safe and healthy work environments. The materials presented in this module are based on a full curriculum from NIOSH, Youth@Work—Talking Safety, and are maintained by the NIOSH Safe • Skilled • Ready Workforce Program.

Safety Matters  is a one-hour interactive teaching module and PowerPoint presentation targeted to students in grades 7 through 12. It can be used by safety professionals to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to participate in safe and healthy work environments throughout their working lives. Safety Matters presents essential information and career-readiness skills through a focus on 8 Core Competencies, which are transferable, foundational workplace safety and health knowledge, skills and abilities.

Safety Matters Educational Module
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2016-100

Safety Matters PowerPoint Presentation

Companion Video: Teen Workers: Real Jobs, Real Risks (Mallory’s Story) (2009)
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Safety Matters  will teach students:

  • that all workers can be injured, become sick, or even be killed on the job
  • that work-related injuries and illnesses are predictable and can be prevented
  • how to identify hazards at work and predict how workers can be injured or made sick
  • how to prevent injury and illness
  • how to identify emergencies at work and decide on the best ways to address them
  • that employers are responsible for, and workers have the right to, safe and healthy work
  • how to find resources that help keep workers safe and healthy on the job
  • how workers can communicate with others—including people in authority—when they feel unsafe or threatened