As an educator and/or job developer who connects students to the workplace,
or advises working teens, you can provide a valuable service to these
teens by sharing information about job safety.
Integrating health and safety into job training or work-based learning
programs can ensure that teens know how to protect themselves from harm
and what to do if injured. You can also help educate employers' worksite
supervisors about how to successfully train and supervise working teens
with safety in mind.
What can you do to help keep teens safe at work?
||Know the laws
||Provide health and safety training
to teens as part of job orientation
Federally-funded job training programs, WorkAbility, school-to-career
systems, and school-based work experience programs are all required
to provide health and safety training to teens as part of their programs.
Here are some suggestions and tools to help do this:
- Distribute fact sheets with work permit applications. Work
permit issuers can distribute information with the work permit. Fact
sheets are available in English and Spanish: Are
You a Working Teen? and Are
You a Teen Working in Agriculture? These short, easy-to-read fact
sheets summarize the key labor and health and safety laws that can help
protects teens, as well as other important workplace rights.
- Let teens know about helpful resources. Download and post/distribute
our brochure listing our
toll free information line.
- Get the Work
Safe! curriculum, developed by the Labor Occupational Health
Program. This curriculum is designed to help job trainers and educators
teach teens about workplace health and safety. Topics include: identifying
hazards on the job, workplace rights and responsibilities, and problem-solving
on the job. New activities have been added to help teach teens with
learning or cognitive disabilities.
- Teach about health and safety using one of the curricula from
the Resources page.
- Participate in a health and safety training workshop for work
experience educators and job trainers. See the California
Resource Network for Young Worker Health and Safety page for a schedule
of upcoming workshops or to inquire about scheduling a workshop.
||Work with employers in your programs
to make sure that on-site supervisors: