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Keeping Teens Safe at Work. Beatriz Vautin, MPH Teens at Work Project Occupational Health Surveillance Program Massachusetts Department of Public Health . Funded in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Background data.

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Keeping teens safe at work

Keeping Teens Safe at Work

Beatriz Vautin, MPH

Teens at Work Project

Occupational Health Surveillance Program

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Funded in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


Background data

  • An estimated 160,000 teens in the US are injured at work every year

  • 66,000 teens are injured seriously enough to visit the emergency room every year

  • Over 50 teens are killed on the job every year

  • Teens have high overall rate of non-fatal injuries compared to adults: good data are not available on rates for youth vs adults in specific jobs


Risk Factors for Young Workers

  • Job hazards

  • Inexperience

  • Inadequate training and supervision

  • Employment in inappropriate/illegal jobs

  • Development characteristics (not just little adults)

    • Physical

    • Psychosocial

  • Balancing school and work


Work-related Injuries to Young Workers by Age, Gender, and Data SourceMassachusetts: 2002-2006

Gender

Age - Years




Interviews with teens injured at work massachusetts july 1994 2003
Interviews with Teens Injured at Work Massachusetts: 2002-2006Massachusetts: July 1994-2003

798 Interviews

* Anticipated permanent pain, limited sensation or loss of movement.


Narrative Results Massachusetts: 2002-2006

  • 10% reported that the equipment being used was malfunctioning or a safety device had been removed.

    • “The french fryer was low in oil partly because it hadn’t been working properly. We had notified the owner and manager but nothing had been done about it.”

  • 9% appeared to be performing a task or working hours prohibited under the child labor laws.

    • “I was using the deli slicer to cut up lettuce.”

    • “I was working at 2:30 a.m. at a retail bakery.”

  • 10% waited a day or more before seeking medical treatment.

    • “When I woke up in the a.m., my hand was swollen and red and purple, so I went to the ER where I was diagnosed with second degree burns.”

  • 4% of adolescents reported that their supervisors made them stay at work.

    • “Then I went to the supervisor who did not want to fill out an accident report and told me to work light duty. I worked 2 shifts that day while my finger kept bleeding.”


Connecting Activities Massachusetts: 2002-2006

  • What can teachers use to teach health and safety to teens?

  • What resources are available to help with the Work-Based Learning Plan?


Materials
Materials Massachusetts: 2002-2006

  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health

    www.mass.gov/dph/teensatwork

  • Youth @ Work: Talking Safety Massachusetts

    www.cdc.gov/niosh/talkingsafety/states/ma

  • NIOSH Safety Checklist Program for Schools

    www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-101/default.html

  • YouthRules! Factsheets

    www.youthrules.dol.gov/factsheets.htm


Some materials available from the MDPH Massachusetts: 2002-2006

Teens at Work: Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project


Materials1
Materials Massachusetts: 2002-2006

  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health

    www.mass.gov/dph/teensatwork

  • Youth @ Work: Talking Safety Massachusetts

    www.cdc.gov/niosh/talkingsafety/states/ma

  • NIOSH Safety Checklist Program for Schools

    www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-101/default.html

  • YouthRules! Factsheets

    www.youthrules.dol.gov/factsheets.htm


Materials continued
Materials Continued Massachusetts: 2002-2006

  • NJ Safe Schools Health and Safety Check

    www.njsafeschools.org/pub.html

  • Inexperienced Workers Fact Sheet

    www.tdi.state.tx.us/pubs/videoresource/stpinexp.pdf

  • OSHA Restaurant eTool

    www.osha.gov/SLTC/youth/restaurant


Massachusetts resources
Massachusetts Resources Massachusetts: 2002-2006

  • Office of the Attorney General

    www.mass.gov/ago/youthemployment

  • Labor Low Down

    www.laborlowdown.com

  • Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety

    www.mass.gov/dos

    *click on “youth employment information”


National resources
National Resources Massachusetts: 2002-2006

  • NIOSH Young Worker Health & Safety Website

    www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/youth

  • US DOL YouthRules! Website

    www.youthrules.dol.gov

  • OSHA Teen Workers Website

    www.osha.gov/SLTC/teenworkers

  • National Young Worker Safety Resource Center

    www.youngworkers.org/nation

  • Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia

    www2.worksafebc.com/topics/youngworker/home.asp


Teens at Work Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project Massachusetts: 2002-2006

www.mass.gov/dph/teensatwork

[email protected]

(617) 624-5677


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