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  • What teens should know about the importance of
    workplace safety.

Food for thought
  • In 2008, 34 youth under age 18 died from
    work-related injuries.
  • Another 48,600 teen workers were hurt badly
    enough to end up in hospital emergency rooms.
  • It is estimated that only 1/3 of work-related
    injuries are treated in emergency rooms, which
    means it is highly likely that approximately
    146,000 youth sustained work-related injuries or

Why be a statistic?
  • Learn how to be safe at work. Remember, no
    matter what your job, you have the right to a
    safe and healthy workplace.

Did you know?
  • Newly-hired teens miss work most often as a
    result of on-the-job muscle sprains, strains or
  • Fatigue from trying to balance work and school
    may contribute to injuries among young workers.
  • Nearly 70 of 14 to 16 year-olds injured on the
    job miss work, school and other activities for at
    least a day. A quarter of those injured teens
    are sidelined for more than a week.
  • About one-third of fatal injuries to young
    workers occur in family businesses.

Laws you should know
  • U.S. Department of Labor has established two
    major laws protecting the safety and health of
    workers, including teens.
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act restricts the
    types of jobs teens under age 18 can hold and the
    hours they can work.
  • The 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act
    requires employers to provide safe and healthful
    work environments for teens and all workers.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor recently updated
    labor laws for minors. To view these laws, go to

Jobs you can do
If you are 13 or younger When you turn 14 When you turn 16
Jobs You can - deliver newspapers - baby-sit -work as a performer You can work in a(n) -office -grocery or retail store -restaurant -movie theater -amusement park You can do any job or occupation except those considered hazardous as listed on
When you can work Outside of school hours After 7 a.m. and until 7 p.m. June 1 through Labor Day Until 9 p.m. Outside of school hours After 7 a.m. and until 7 p.m. June 1 through Labor Day Until 9 p.m. Any hours
Hour Limits You can work no more than three hours on a school day, eight hours on a non-school day and 40 hours on a non-school week You can work no more than three hours on a school day, eight hours on a non-school day and 40 hours on a non-school week
Jobs that are OFF-LIMITS to young teens
  • If you are younger than 16, you may not work in a
    job that involves mining, logging, meat packing,
    roofing, excavation, demolition or driving a car
    or forklift.
  • Also, you cannot work with saws, explosives,
    radioactive materials and most machines

Learn how to stay safe
  • Ask your employer safety-related questions
  • Follow basic safety guidelines at work
  • Know your rights and responsibilities
  • Always check with your employers occupational
    safety and health professional

Workplace Hazards
Type of Work Potential Hazards
Retail/Sales -heavy lifting -excessively loud headsets -assault and violence
Food Service -slippery floors -hot cooking equipment -sharp objects
Office/Clerical -poorly designed computer work station -stress -harassment
Service Station -freezing temperatures -assault and violence
SOUCES U.C. Berkeley Labor Occupational Health
Program and NIOSH
Protect yourself from injury
Safety and Health Risk How to Avoid Injury
Repetitive stress injury Adjust your workstation to fit your body comfortably Position your keyboard to avoid wrist injuries Perform periodic tasks away from the computer
Eyestrain Take breaks from the computer to rest your eyes Adjust the height and angle of your computer monitor
Back and muscle pain Adjust your chair to the correct height Make sure your lower back is supported when sitting Take breaks to stretch your arms, shoulders and back
Neck and shoulder pain Avoid cradling a telephone handset between your head and shoulder Rotate your head from side to side and roll your shoulders backward and forward to relieve tension
Careers in Safety and Health
  • I believe that no matter what type of business
    interests youentertainment, financial services,
    transportation, utilities, etc.Safety and Health
    professionals can make a difference.
  • Michael Murray, Director of Technical Services,
    Casualty Risk Control for Aon Risk Services, Inc.
    and ASSE member.

What does it take to pursue a career in safety
science and engineering?
  • Many colleges offer safety science degrees which
    include coursework in biology, chemistry,
    physics, business, math, computers, engineering,
    economics, law, government and psychology. Go to for a list of schools on the
    Professional Affairs page.

Where the jobs are
  • Safety and health professionals work in a wide
    range of sectors including
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Government agencies
  • Schools
  • Hospitals

Examples of companies that employ safety and
health engineers
  • Disney
  • NASA
  • Hasbro
  • Kraft
  • Microsoft
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Nike
  • Revlon
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • Starbucks
  • CBS Television
  • Bell Helicopter
  • BP
  • Virginia Beach School District

Safety and Health Engineers
  • Design equipment, processes and facilities in
    high-tech industries
  • Analyze operations to help companies run
    efficiently and profitably
  • Monitor, analyze and correct industrial processes
    that might be hazardous for employees and for
    people in near-by communities
  • Ensure worker safety at demolition and building
  • Develop fire safety and prevention programs
  • Consult on vehicle design and transportation
  • Investigate and analyze accidents

Remember, Safety First!
American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest safety
    society with more than 32,000 occupational
    safety, health and environmental professional
    members worldwide. For more information and a
    copy of our free Important Workplace Safety
    Guide for Young Workers brochure visit or contact customer
    service at 847-699-2929 or
  • e-mail
  • PR 08.10.ASSE
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