Old pros were trapped in a prescriptive career- the OSHA regulation says this, now do it. Doing it took nearly all of the pro's time. There was little time for best practices. The old pros did, however, build great foundations upon which young pros may leap from compliance practices to conformance objectives.
Many young workers under age 25 enter the workforce before they have had a chance to develop foundational job skills. In fact, most high schoolers—an estimated 80 percent— hold a job at some point during their school years.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is making an effort to get out in front of the employment curve when it comes to enhancing an individual’s awareness of workplace safety.
June, which is National Safety Month, is an appropriate time to focus on young workers, as they head out of school and into the workforce. Many of them will find jobs in the retail industry, a leading employer of young workers in the United States.
Youth@Work-Talking Safety is 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.