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1 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 1 Why is Job Health and Safety Training Important for Teens? Young Worker Safety Resource Center

2 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 2 Why do teens work? The Number One Answer: MONEY For 20 hours Other Reasons Work experience Sense of independence Parents influence Paycheck Pay to the order of: Joe Teen Worker Amount: $

3 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 3 80% of teens report that theyve held jobs before completing high school 15- to 17-year-olds with jobs work an average of 17 hours per week during school months and 23 hours per week during summer months Most teens work before theyre 18.

4 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 4 Where do teens work?

5 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 5 Every year 200,000 teens are injured on the job. 100, to 17-year-olds visit the emergency room for work-related injuries. 70 teens are killed on the job each year. Teens are injured at higher rates than adults: :06 A teen is injured every six minutes on the job.

6 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 6 Share Selected Youth Worker Stories Share Participant Stories Do you know a teen who has been injured?

7 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 7 What types of injuries do teens experience?

8 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 8 Cuts34% Contusions18% Sprains 16% Burns12% Fractures4% Most common types of injuries sustained by teens:

9 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 9 Where are teens injured? Where Teens Work

10 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 10 Using cutting tools and/or non-powered hand tools Handling hot liquids and grease Working around cooking appliances Continuous manual lifting of heavy objects Teens get injured doing common yet dangerous tasks:

11 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 11 Operating tractors or heavy machinery Driving or working around motor vehicles Working near electrical hazards while using ladders, poles, etc. Working late at night or alone (continued) Teens get injured doing common yet dangerous tasks:

12 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 12 What specific hazards do teens encounter at work?

13 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 13 Restaurants meat slicers knives hot grease slippery floors hot surfaces Grocery & Retail Stores case-cutters heavy or awkward lifting slippery floors repetitive movements (i.e., using price gun, cash register, etc.) Common workplace hazards:

14 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 14 Agriculture dangerous machinery (e.g., forklifts, tractors, packing machinery) heavy or awkward lifting pesticides falls from ladders Gas Stations temperature extremes working alone gasoline fumes Common workplace hazards:

15 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 15 Why are teens at higher risk for injury than adults?

16 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 16 Why teens are at higher risk for injury than adults: Low-pay, high turnover jobs Inexperience Lack of training and supervision Want to be responsible and appear competent Physical development

17 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 17 Studies and surveys reveal that young workers do not receive adequate health and safety training at work Youth are often assigned potentially dangerous tasks for which they receive no training Teen workers often do not get the training they need:

18 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 18 Lack of sleep Difficulty staying awake in class and less time for homework Negative effects on learning Moodiness and difficulty in controlling emotions Increased use of stimulants, e.g. caffeine, nicotine Teens who work long hours may experience:

19 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 19 Some teens work in violation of labor laws: For too many hours In prohibited hazardous occupations Without permits WORK ALERT Most states require Teens to have a valid permit to work. Schools, employers, and parents are part of the permit process.

20 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 20 Learn about job safety Provide training to teens Create forums for discussion Serve as a resource and advocate Provide information to parents Job readiness professionals can help educate and protect teens:

21 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 21 Provide information to employers about labor laws Discuss on-site health and safety training for youth Report and follow-up on unsafe conditions Ways educators can work with employers:

22 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide to 5-hour health and safety curriculum ½ day Training-of-Trainers workshop on young workers safety Short seminars for employers Other resources and consultation on health and safety issues The Young Worker Safety Resource Center offers:

23 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 23 Staff from: School to Career programs Workforce Investment Boards Jobs for Americas Graduates Transition-to-work programs for youth with disabilities Employers of Youth Representatives of other community organizations working with youth The Young Worker Safety Resource Center serves:

24 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 24 Diane Bush, Coordinator Young Workers Project Labor Occupational Health Program University of California at Berkeley 2223 Fulton Street, 4 th Floor Berkeley, CA phone: fax: For More Information: Christine Miara EDC Project Director Education Development Center, Inc. 55 Chapel Street Newton, MA phone:

25 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 25 Teen Work Stories

26 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 26 Jaime is a 17-year-old dietary aide in a hospital. To clean cooking pans, she soaks them in a powerful chemical solution. She uses gloves to protect her hands and arms. One day, as Jaime was lifting 3 large pans out of the chemical solution at once, the pans slipped out of her hands and back into the solution which splashed all over the side of her face and into her right eye. She was blinded in that eye for 2 weeks. Story: Girl Blinded by Chemicals

27 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 27 Andy is a 17-year-old employee in a pizza shop. To make pizzas, he starts by putting dough through an electric dough roller to roll out the crust. One day, the dough got stuck in the machine. Andy tried to push it through with his hand but his hand got caught between the two rubber rollers, crushing two fingers on his left hand. Story: Youth Crushes Fingers in Pizza Dough Machine

28 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 28 Billy is a 16-year-old worker in a fast food restaurant. One day, while walking toward the grill, Billy slipped on grease that had splattered onto the floor. To stop his fall, he tried to grab onto a bar near the grill, but missed it and put his hand onto the hot grill instead. He suffered second-degree burns on the palm of his hand. Story: 16-Year-Old Boy Suffers Burns

29 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 29 Monique is a 15-year-old worker in a fast food restaurant. One day, Monique was moving the french-fry basket from the hot oil to the drying bin. She didnt realize that a co-worker was crouching behind her getting napkins out of the storage cabinet, which is located just below the Fryolator. As Monique turned around, she bumped into her co-worker, spilling hot grease onto both of them. Story: Girl Accidentally Dumps Hot Oil on Self and Co-Worker in Fast Food Restaurant

30 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 30 Mollie is a 16-year-old employee at a grocery store. Mollie thought that the meat slicer was turned off before she began to clean it, but just as she started to clean the blades, the blade moved. The machine cut a finger on Mollies left hand all the way to the bone and also broke her finger with the force. Story: Girl Cuts Finger to Bone on Meat Slicer

31 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 31 Stephen is a 17-year-old employee in a grocery store. One day, when he was loading 40-pound boxes onto a wooden pallet, he suddenly felt a sharp pain in his lower back. He had to stay out of work for a week to recover, and his back still hurts him sometimes. Story: 17-Year-Old Strains Back in Grocery Store

32 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 32 Sean is a 17-year-old cashier who works about 40 hours a week at a large discount retail store. Lately it seems that he is always being yelled at by customers. When the boss gets involved, he always says the customer is right, which makes Sean angry. His boss is also always on him to work faster and ring up purchases more quickly. Not only is Sean feeling stressed out all the time, he is also starting to feel some pain in his wrist from working the cash register. Story: Stress Takes a Toll on Youth Worker

33 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 33 Reggie is a 16-year-old gas station attendant. One very cold winter night, his fingers and toes started to feel cold and later became numb. He worked four more hours until the end of his shift at 11:00 p.m. He went home but woke up in the middle of the night and couldnt feel his fingers or his toes. He had second- and third-degree frostbite on all his fingers and on three of his toes. Story: Young Gas Station Attendant Suffers Severe Frostbite

34 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 34 Tanya is a 15-year-old worker for a summer clean-up corps that was cleaning up city beaches. One day while she was picking up trash, her hand was stuck with a hypodermic needle. She was later tested and diagnosed with hepatitis B virus. Story: Girl Contracts Hepatitis at Summer Job

35 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 35 James is a 17-year-old worker for a city public works department. One hot afternoon (it was 92 F outside) while James was weeding an overgrown lot, he started to feel dizzy and disoriented, and then fainted due to the heat. Story: Young Worker Suffers Heat Stroke

36 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 36 A 16-year-old student worked at a fast food restaurant. The floor often got very greasy and had to be washed a lot. As the student walked across the wet floor carrying a basket of french-fries, he slipped. He tried to keep the fries from falling so he couldnt break his fall with his hands. He fell on his tailbone and was seriously injured. He is now permanently disabled and has trouble walking. Story: Boy Suffers Permanent Injury at Work

37 LOHP/EDC: Young Worker Safety Resource Center (01/01) Slide 37 A 19-year-old college student was working at a deli. When operating an electric cabbage shredder, she caught her hand in the machinery. She had never been given any health and safety training or even shown how to use the shredder properly. Since the accident, she has had four operations and months of painful physical therapy. Her hand is permanently disfigured. She used to be on the school basketball team, but now she cant play. Workers compensation paid her only $2300. Story: Young Womans Hand Caught in Cabbage Shredder--Basketball Career Ends


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