NIOSH & Workforce Tulsa Promoting Young & Temp Worker Safety

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NIOSH and Workforce Tulsa are collaborating to develop and pilot test a new training program, "Developing Work Safety Skills," to promote workplace safety and health practices among young adults seeking career services and temporary employment opportunities through Workforce Tulsa.

According to the groups, the interactive training program will help workforce development staff teach young adults foundational workplace safety and health knowledge and skills. Workforce Tulsa will deliver the training to individuals who are enrolled in its Youth Employment Program, which provides young adults with temporary jobs related to their career goals.The training will include activities that highlight hazard recognition and prevention strategies relevant to workplaces where young people are often employed such as retail or food service. 

“This program will not only ensure the health and safety of these young workers in their first jobs, it will empower them to make safety and health on the job a priority throughout their working lives," says NIOSH Director John Howard. Shelley Cadamy, executive director of Workforce Tulsa, adds, “Our young adult participants have a variety of challenges and barriers to sustainable employment, such as a lack of education or homelessness, and this training program will provide them with a much-needed opportunity to learn the basics of workplace health and safety.”


For more information about NIOSH’s efforts to promote workplace safety knowledge and skills among youth and other vulnerable working populations, visit its Safe-Skilled-Ready Workforce Program’s website.


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