The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is partnering with worker safety organizations on #MySafeSummerJob, a social media campaign to educate young workers about safety rights in the workplace, how to speak up about dangerous work conditions and how to protect themselves on the job.
According to OSHA, workers under 25 are twice as likely to experience injuries requiring an emergency room visit as those 25 and older. Young workers get injured or sick on the job for many reasons, including:
- Unsafe equipment
- Inadequate safety training
- Inadequate supervision
- Dangerous work that is illegal or inappropriate for youth under 18
- Pressure to work faster
- Stressful conditions
Working with OSHA on this campaign are the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CareerSafe, Center for Construction Research and Training, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
For more information about young workers, visit the #MySafeSummerJob website for resources, tools and a social media toolkit to develop messages for youth, parents, teachers and employers.