Written by Lori Amerman, IMEC Operations Coordinator
Like a lot of professionals, I started my career as a teenager, earning money babysitting, in food service and other odd jobs. Most of the boys I knew were working on farms or in construction. Those experiences at a young age teach work ethic and skills that are the foundation for a successful future.
Unfortunately, many of these entry level opportunities come with exposures to hazards of which young people may not be familiar. It's important they know how to recognize the risks and protect themselves. The best employers take the time and have standard work procedures to provide a proper orientation to new workers of all ages.
Parents should take an active role in asking their children about the work they are doing and what training they have received. Ask them what they were instructed to do if an emergency happened. (Do they know where first aid boxes are located or the physical address of the location to call 911?) OSHA’s web page for Young Workers offers some unfortunate examples of real stories: https://www.osha.gov/youngworkers/stories.html
As employers are facing a growing shortage of skilled labor, helping young people enter the workforce and providing training is a great way to find and develop qualified applicants. However, there is fear about the responsibilities of the employer with this younger workforce and we want to help mitigate the risk.
You are invited to participate in a webinar provided by IMEC and the East Central Illinois Super Region Corporation. Dustin Miller, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist will provide guidance and tools on OSHA expectations with young workers. Take this opportunity to ask questions of the regulatory agency and network with other employers from the convenience of your office.
Young Workers – Hazards: https://www.osha.gov/youngworkers/hazards.html
Young Workers – Employers: https://www.osha.gov/youngworkers/employers.html
Young Workers – Parents & Educators: https://www.osha.gov/youngworkers/parents-educators.html
CDC / NIOSH: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/az/y.html
Catch Your Career: http://catchyourcareer.com/
Register for the webinar!