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American Society of Safety Engineers Workplace Guide for Young Workers Provides Key Safety Tips for Youth, Parents, Employers

Posted in on Thu, Mar 15, 2007

Des Plaines, IL (March 15, 2007) — As young workers get ready to enter the workforce for the first time or start their summer jobs, they need to be aware of possible workplace hazards. In order to prepare millions of young workers who will enter the workforce in the next few months, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) offers workplace safety tips and a free brochure titled “Important Workplace Safety Guide for Young Workers.” It contains key state and federal contact information, important facts to know and workplace safety questions workers and parents should ask from perspective employees.

Each year nearly 70 teenagers die from work-related injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 2004 more than 38,000 teen workers were injured on the job. In addition, a recent study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics journal Pediatrics concludes that teens in retail and service jobs are exposed to many hazards, use dangerous equipment despite federal laws prohibiting such use and work long hours during the school week. These teens also lack regular training and supervision on the job.

ASSE urges teens to be safe at work by following these simple tips:
· Ask your employer safety-related questions
· Take part in any safety training at work
· Follow basic safety guidelines at work
· Always check with your employer’s occupational safety and health professional
· Be aware of your surroundings
· Ask questions when starting a new job such as; do I need to wear safety equipment? Do you have safety meetings? Are there hazards I should be aware of (noise, chemicals, etc.)? Do you have an emergency plan in place and will I be trained in emergency procedures?
· Know your rights and responsibilities

There are both federal and state laws that pertain to young workers and young worker safety. The U.S. Department of Labor has established two major laws protecting the safety and health of young workers: the Fair Labor Standards Act, which restricts the jobs teens under the age of 18 can hold and the hours they can work, and the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act, which requires employers to provide safe and healthy work environments for teens and all workers. Teens and parents should know that teens have the right to a safe and healthy workplace, safety training and the right to refuse to work if the job poses an immediate threat to their life or health.

For a free copy of the ASSE “Important Workplace Safety Guide for Young Workers,” call ASSE customer service at 847-699-2929 or e-mail customerservice@asse.org or download an electronic copy of the brochure at www.asse.org/newsroom/brochures.php.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org.



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