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Youth rules! OSHA launches teen safety site

January 10, 2003
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Every day, 210 teenagers are injured seriously enough on the job to require emergency medical treatment (77,000 per year), and each year 70 teens die from work-related injuries, according to OSHA. "That's just not acceptable," says agency chief John Henshaw.

So OSHA has designed a new Web site to help keep working teens safe and healthy while on the job. The "Teen Workers" safety and health page is part of the agency's contribution to the Department of Labor's new initiative on young workers.

"This site is one more way to provide our young workers with the knowledge they deserve so they can have safe and positive work experiences," says Henshaw.

The teen safety and health site educates young workers, parents, employers and educators on workplace safety. The site offers resources such as fact sheets on workplace rights and responsibilities, hazards on the job, ways to prevent injuries, work hours, job restrictions, and more. It also links to states that have special Web sites or initiatives designed for young workers.

The new teen safety and health site can be accessed from the Department of Labor's YouthRules! Web site (www.dol.gov), or through the OSHA Web site (www.osha.gov) A-Z index under "Youth" or under "What's New."

OSHA is working on new ways to increase job safety and health awareness among teens and is preparing more outreach and education materials designed to protect young workers on the job.

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