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NIOSH Takes Steps to Promote Workplace Safety and Health Amongst Young Workers

 Aug 2017

NIOSH and Workforce Tulsa┬áto develop new training programeThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has teamed up with Workforce Tulsa to develop and pilot a new training programme. Developing Work Safety Skills will aim to promote workplace safety and health practices amongst young adults, and help those looking for career services and temporary employment opportunities.

Currently in developmental stages, Developing Work Safety Skills will  help workforce development staff teach foundation-level workplace health and safety to young adults in an interesting way. The interactive training will be offered to those enrolled in Workforce Tulsa’s Youth Employment Programme; a scheme offering temporary jobs to young adults to help them reach their career goals.

NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. commented:

“NIOSH is pleased to join Workforce Tulsa in their efforts to promote workplace safety and health knowledge and skills among their Youth Employment Program participants through the NIOSH Developing Work Safety Skills training program. This program will not only ensure the health and safety of these young workers in their first jobs, it will empower them to make safety and health on the job a priority throughout their working lives.”

The training is set to draw attention to strategies for hazard recognition and prevention and will be relevant to the workplaces where young people often find employment - including retail and food. Learners will be issued with a certificate on successful completion the course.

Brenig Moore, Technical Director at Astutis commented:

“Young workers are a particularly vulnerable group in the workplace and accidents amongst this category are disproportionate with country norms. It is right that employers take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all workers; programmes such as this go a long way to establishing basic good practice in health and safety, raising awareness and creating sustainable employment opportunities.”

Visit the NIOSH ‘Safe-Skilled-Ready’ Workforce Program website for more information and eligibility.


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