100 Deadliest Days on the Job – Keeping Teens Safe at Work
This is a sponsored post with AIHA about teen workplace safety.
Summertime is here and teens all over the United States are working jobs to earn some extra cash when they’re not in school full-time. As the 4th of July approaches, the AIHA (American Industrial Hygiene Association) warns that teen workers are in the midst of the 100 Deadliest Days on the Job. The AIHA warns that teen workers are twice as likely to be injured at work and that summer is the deadliest time for teens at work. With 4 teens in our home, this is very concerning to me as a parent as I want them to learn responsibility and eventually get jobs without the fear of them being hurt or even worse.
“Of the 1.6 million US students aged 15 to 17 who are employed, 40 will lose their lives to work-related injuries and some 60,000 will be rushed to emergency rooms with life-altering injuries, many due to the lack of proper workplace safety education,” said Deborah Imel Nelson, PhD, CIH, the Immediate-past President of the Board of AIHA, “We have a responsibility to educate our youth about workplace hazards. It is time to incorporate workplace health and safety education into the curriculum of grades 7 through 12. Together, we can reduce teen deaths and injuries by educating teens about workplace
health and safety.”
AIHA is urging Americans to visit http://bit.ly/TeenWorkSafety to contact their local, state, and national lawmakers to demand that critical workplace health and safety education be included in 7th-12th grade curriculum.
About the Youth@Work – Talking Safety Curriculum
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with educators, industry leaders, and state governments has developed the Youth@Work – Talking Safety curriculum. The curriculum is free to download and provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to identify, reduce or eliminate hazards at work and respond to emergencies. The curriculum is tailored to address the specific rules and regulations of each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has developed a related program called Safety Matters designed to help OSH professionals engage with students.
Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 8,500 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia. Learn more at www.aiha.org.
Do your schools teach about workplace health and safety?