Teen workers: Stay safe this summer!

May 17th, 2006 by Julie Ferguson

Starting your first job? Congratulations! But before you start planning how to spend that paycheck, it’s important to give some thoughts to staying safe on the job. It only takes a minute to have things take a terribly ugly turn, as Candace Carnahan can attest. In fact, every three minutes, a teen gets hurt at work, and about 70 teens die at work each year. Even a workplace that looks or seems safe may have hidden dangers. It’s important to be educated in advance so that you know your rights and responsibilities. We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you:
OSHA Teen Workers site
Teen Summer Jobs: $afety Pays (OSHA)
Workplace Safety Guide for New Workers (ASSE) (pdf)
Guía para Nuevos Trabajadores sobre la Seguridad en el Lugar de Trabajo (ASSE) (pdf)
Teen Workers: Landscaping Plant Your Feet on Safe Ground (OSHA)
Teen Workers: Safety in Restaurants (OSHA)
Farm Safety (OSHA)
Are you a working teen? What You Should Know About Safety and Health on the Job (NIOSH)
¿Eres un Joven Que Trabaja? Cosas Que Debes Saber Sobre la Seguridad y la salud en el trabajo (NIOSH)
Young Workers’ Health and Safety Website
Young Workers Zone (CCOHS)
Job Safe Canada
Passport to Safety: Candace’s Corner
Young Workers
Young workers safety and health links (NYCOSH)