Adolescent Workers: Prevention of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

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Occupational History for the Adolescent Worker 12

1. What exactly do you do at work, including overtime and occasional tasks?

2. What tools, equipment, and machinery do you use at work?

3. What chemicals do you use at work?

4. Have you had any training in how to perform your job safely, including training for emergencies (such as escaping a fire, handling potentially violent customers, seeking help when injured)?

5. Has your employer given you any protective equipment (such as gloves, safety goggles, safety shoes, hard hat) to wear on the job? Are you using this equipment? If not, why?

6. Are you aware of basic first aid measures (such as treatment for burns, strains, sprains)?

7. What hours do you work?

8. Do you have time to eat between school and work? Do you have meal breaks during work hours?

9. How much time do you spend each day on homework?  Are you also involved in family, social, religious, and community activities?

10 .How many hours of sleep do you get on school nights?

11. Have your grades changed since you started working?  Have you chosen easier courses since you started working?

A, B & C Questions Available Together

A. About the Job:

  • 1. What exactly do you do at work, including overtime and occasional tasks?
  • 2. What tools, equipment, and machinery do you use at work?
  • 3. What chemicals do you use at work?

B. Training and Protective Equipment:

  • 4. Have you had any training in how to perform your job safely, including training for emergencies (such as escaping a fire, handling potentially violent customers, seeking help when injured)?
  • 5. Has your employer given you any protective equipment (such as gloves, safety goggles, safety shoes, hard hat) to wear on the job? Are you using this equipment? If not, why?
  • 6. Are you aware of basic first aid measures (such as treatment for burns, strains, sprains)?

C. Work Schedule and Daily Life Activities

  • 7. What hours do you work?
  • 8. Do you have time to eat between school and work? Do you have meal breaks during work hours?
  • 9. How much time do you spend each day on homework?  Are you also involved in family, social, religious, and community activities?
  • 10 .How many hours of sleep do you get on school nights?
  • 11. Have your grades changed since you started working?  Have you chosen easier courses since you started working?

Part Three: Page 6 of 18

12. An occupational history and physical examination are essential tools for healthcare providers during an office visit with adolescent workers. Putting a poster in the waiting room instructing young patients to tell their provider about any workplace injuries is another way to start the conversation. As a result of time constraints, many clinicians may need to combine the adolescent well-child visit with the occupational visit. A previsit questionnaire can be helpful for this purpose. The questionnaire should focus on job risk assessment, work hours, protective measures (seat belts, helmets, gun safety), mental health (attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety, stress, mood swings, and suicidality), and risk reduction (tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and violence). A history form can be used as the previsit questionnaire and modified as needed by the healthcare provider (Table 2).

Page last reviewed: January 9, 2019