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1 SAFETY FIRST! What teens should know about how to be safe at work.

2 Food for thought:  Every year in the United States, nearly 70 teenagers under age 18 die from work-related injuries  Another 77,000 teen workers are hurt badly enough to end up in hospital emergency rooms  Overall, more than 5,000 people die each year from on-the-job injuries and 4.4 million more suffer from injuries and illnesses

3 Why be a statistic? Learn how to be safe at work. Remember, no matter what your job, you have the right to a safe and healthy workplace.

4 Did you know?  Newly-hired teens miss work most often as a result of on-the-job muscle sprains, strains or tears  Fatigue from trying to balance work and school may contribute to injuries among young workers  Nearly 70% of 14 to 16 year-olds injured on the job miss work, school and other activities for at least a day. A quarter of those injured teens are sidelined for more than a week.  About one-third of fatal injuries to young workers occur in family businesses

5 Laws you should know:  U.S. Department of Labor has established two major laws protecting the safety and health of workers, including teens.  The Fair Labor Standards Act – restricts the types of jobs teens under age 18 can hold and the hours they can work.  The 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act – requires employers to provide safe and healthful work environments for teens and all workers.

6 Jobs you can do If you are 13 or younger When you turn 14 When you turn 16 Jobs You can: - deliver newspapers - baby-sit - work as a performer You can work in a(n): - office - grocery or retail store - restaurant - movie theater - amusement park You can do any job or occupation except those considered hazardous as listed on When you can work Outside of school hours: After 7 a.m. and until 7 p.m. June 1 through Labor Day: Until 9 p.m. Any hours Hour Limits You can work no more than three hours on a school day, eight hours on a non- school day and 40 hours on a non-school week [SOURCE: ]

7 Jobs that are OFF-LIMITS to young teens  If you are younger than 16, you may not work in a job that involves mining, logging, meat packing, roofing, excavation, demolition or driving a car or forklift.  Also, you cannot work with saws, explosives, radioactive materials or most machines

8 Learn how to stay safe  Ask your employer safety-related questions  Follow basic safety guidelines at work  Know your rights and responsibilities  Always check with your employer’s occupational safety and health professional

9 Workplace Hazards Type of WorkPotential Hazards Retail/Sales - heavy lifting - excessively loud headsets - assault and violence Food Service - slippery floors - hot cooking equipment - sharp objects Office/Clerical - poorly designed computer work station - stress - harassment Service Station - freezing temperatures - assault and violence [SOUCES: U.C. Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program and NIOSH]

10 Protect yourself from injury Safety and Health RiskHow to Avoid Injury Repetitive stress injury - Adjust your workstation to fit your body comfortably - Position your keyboard to avoid wrist injuries - Perform periodic tasks away from the computer Eyestrain - Take breaks from the computer to rest your eyes - Adjust the height and angle of your computer monitor Back and muscle pain - Adjust your chair to the correct height - Make sure your lower back is supported when sitting - Take breaks to stretch your arms, shoulders and back Neck and shoulder pain - Avoid cradling a telephone handset between your head and shoulder - Rotate your head from side to side and roll your shoulders backward and forward to relieve tension

11 Careers in Safety and Health “I believe that no matter what type of business interests you—entertainment, financial services, transportation, utilities, etc.—Safety and Health professionals can make a difference.” Michael Murray, Director of Technical Services, Casualty Risk Control for Aon Risk Services, Inc. and ASSE member.

12 What does it take to pursue a career in safety science and engineering? Many colleges offer safety science degrees which include coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, business, math, computers, engineering, economics, law, government and psychology. Go to for a list of schools on the Professional Affairs

13 Where the jobs are: Safety and health professionals work in a wide range of sectors including:  Manufacturing  Transportation  Government agencies  Schools  Hospitals

14 Examples of companies that employ safety and health engineers:  Disney  NASA  Hasbro  Kraft  Microsoft  Madison Square Garden  Nike  Revlon  Smithsonian Institute  Starbucks  CBS Television  Bell Helicopter  BP  Virginia Beach School District

15 Safety and Health Engineers:  Design equipment, processes and facilities in high-tech industries  Analyze operations to help companies run efficiently and profitably  Monitor, analyze and correct industrial processes that might be hazardous for employees and for people in near-by communities  Ensure worker safety at demolition and building sites  Develop fire safety and prevention programs  Consult on vehicle design and transportation systems  Investigate and analyze accidents

16 Remember, Safety First!

17 American Society of Safety Engineers Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest and largest safety society with more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members worldwide. For more information and a copy of our free “Important Workplace Safety Guide for Young Workers” brochure visit or contact customer service at 847-699-2929 or e-mail

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