Teens and young adults enter the workforce for a variety of reasons, but many jobs can be particularly dangerous for young people. In the US, young workers are twice as likely as older workers to get injured on the job; the highest rate of nonfatal injuries is among workers 18 and 19.
Many young adults are unaware of job hazards and their legal rights as workers. Teen workers are protected not only by universal regulations but also child labor laws, which restrict the hours of work and the types of tasks that minors may perform. By learning about their rights and helping to teach others, teens can advocate for safer working conditions at their job and protect themselves from potential hazards.
NYCOSH has two teen trainers on staff that help organize workshops to educate young workers on issues of workplace safety. For the 2014-15 school year, Peer Leaders Rebecca Sanchez and Vaughnessa Alexander led workshops reaching more than 100 young people to teach them how to recognize hazards in the workplace and how to exercise their legal rights.
A major objective, is for Peer Leaders to train young people to also train others about their workplace rights, safety and health. Our program also provides training to teachers, parents and employers on how to protect the safety and health of young workers.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Know Your Rights: Laws that Protect Young Workers
– Hazards for Young Workers
– Stand Up For Your Rights
– Repetitive Strain Injuries for Young Workers
– Chemicals on the Job
– Violence Against Young Workers
– Talking Safety Curriculum for young workers online here
NYCOSH 2016 YouthSafe Contest:
NYCOSH runs annual competitions encouraging high school students to design posters and video public service announcements that teach others about youth workplace safety. This year the contest involves 3 categories: 1)Video PSA 2)Poster 3) Social Media Image. Download the packets here and apply!
The NYCOSH YouthSafe contest has prizes in three categories open to all youth between the
ages of 14 – 19 who live in New York State. All entries must use the approved NYCOSH themes
in the packets below and be postmarked or received via email (depends on which contest you enter) by Friday, April 15, 2016. Each participant must complete an entry packet for each submission. If you have questions, contact Susan McQuade at email@example.com
The top entries in each category will win prize money (same amount whether team or individual
entry) and be featured on nycosh.org.
★ First prize in each category: $300
★ Second prize in each category: $200
★ Third prize in each category: $100
★ Teacher of the first-prize winner in each category: $100
Video PSA Entry Packet
Poster Entry Packet
Social Media Entry Packet
These are the winners from the 2013 competition.
Winner of the PSA contest: “The Hands,” created by Bryan Corbett and Ethan Federico
Second place in the PSA contest: “An Assistant in Distress,” created by Nick Chieffo.
Third place in the PSA contest: “Do You Know Your Rights?,” created by Azzan Williams.
Winner of the poster contest: Cheyanne Wick
Second Place: Zenyase Vivanco
Third Place: Gabrielle Roosevelt