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

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safety first

SAFETY FIRST!

What teens should know about how to be safe at work.

food for thought
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
why be a statistic

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.

did you know
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
laws you should know
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.
jobs you can do
Jobs you can do

[SOURCE: www.youthrules.dol.gov]

jobs that are off limits to young teens
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
learn how to stay safe
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
workplace hazards
Workplace Hazards

[SOUCES: U.C. Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program and NIOSH]

careers in safety and health

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.

what does it take to pursue a career in safety science and engineering

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 www.asse.org for a list of schools on the Professional Affairs page.

where the jobs are
Where the jobs are:

Safety and health professionals work in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Government agencies
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
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

Examples of companies that employ safety and health engineers:
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

Safety and Health Engineers:
american society of safety engineers

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 www.asse.org or contact customer service at 847-699-2929 or e-mail customerservice@asse.org

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