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23

January 2010

Job Safety for Teens

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The likelihood of sustaining a form of injury at work is much higher for teenagers than it is for adults placed in the same set of working conditions. Since most of  these teenagers will find themselves in periods of time when they will require to take up jobs especially during summer, it is necessary that guardians, employers and the youngsters to be familiar with job safety for teens.

To start with, a teen is entitled to adequate training on the job he or she is about to undertake. Training should involve practical demonstration of how to handle all the various equipment in the working environment safely.

Secondly, by putting in mind the playful and adventurous nature of teens, they should be let to work only under close supervision of an adult or experienced employee. This can minimize actions that can cause bodily harm to the teen and also to fellow workers.

Generally, teens should not be allowed to work in an environment that pose health risks or with equipment that is considered a potential source of injury. Such equipment will typically be tools that can easily give cuts and burns. Jobs of this nature are prohibited by law so one should find out which jobs they can do. Such a list can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh/adoldoc.html

Exposure of teens to jobs with potential risks should be encouraged only where adequate monitoring is possible. Repeated exposure of promising teen workers to any task builds skill and experience such that with time that teen is able to handle even the most dangerous task on their own.

At all costs, safety regulations regarding the kind of job one is doing have to be adhered to. In the event of an injury, adherence to safety regulations is the number one culprit of suspicion and often creates a legal argument for compensation. Typically regulations include wearing of protective clothing such as gloves, goggles, helmets and so on depending on the type of job. Others are listed at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/teenworkers/

It is extremely important not to assume that teens know any risk on the job no matter how obvious it is. The employer or in-charge must point them out to the teens to keep them safe because compared to adults they often are reluctant to raise questions or even speak.

Teens should also be careful where they go to seek jobs. Places where injury reports are frequent are not advisable because they place one at high probability of getting injured. The best places would be where the employer provides insurance for employees just in case an accident occurs.

The nature of work given to teens should be reasonably bearable. These youngsters will generally work fine with light jobs that do not require a lot of physical exertion. These can be office chores, or manning sales desks as opposed to luggage handling in stores. Bear in mind that their bodies are growing and their growth shouldn’t be suppressed by the difficult jobs.

It is absolutely beneficial to train teens on all safety measures to take in case of an injury at the work place. Here, they can be trained on first aid measures, fire safety and emergency response that can be crucial to avoiding fatality during an injury.

Teens must never be let in on jobs that pose very high health risks such as working with infectious material and radiations. These must be done by highly skilled personnel only and not any untrained teen or even adult.

Finally, job safety for teens should be implemented as the number one priority I any workplace. Safety surpasses remuneration, skills and experience and thus implementing safety is protecting life. More information is provided at www.vaview.vt.edu.

At-Risk.org Staff