Youth@Work-Talking Safetyis a free customized curriculum that provides youth with work readiness skills to keep them safe and healthy on the job now and throughout their lives. This NIOSH brochure, intended for educators, school administrators, school boards of education, and community leaders, provides a brief overview of the curriculum and describes the benefits of using Talking Safety in middle schools and high schools in all U.S. states and territories.

According to NIOSH, every minute, a young person in the United States is injured on the job.

By the time they finish high school, 80% of U.S. teens have held a job. But the vast majority of them enter the workforce unprepared for the challenges—and hazards—they face.

Use the free, Youth@Work: Talking Safety curriculum from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, (NIOSH) to give your students the vital work readiness skills they need to stay safe and healthy on the job now—and throughout their lives.

Talking Safety is a free, interactive, curriculum that teaches essential work readiness skills to middle and high school students. The curriculum helps young people to:

  • Receive vital work readiness skills they can use in any workplace, now and in the future.
  • Increase their awareness of workplace safety risks and hazards.
  • Communicate with employers and protect themselves from job hazards.
  • Know their rights and responsibilities on the job.
  • Have a positive and active attitude toward workplace safety and health.
  • Know how to respond to emergencies on the job.

Source: NIOSH