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Mallory was only 14 years old when an injury at her summer job left her arms permanently disabled. Antonio was 17 years old when he fell through a hole in the roof of an unfinished house he was working on, breaking three bones in his back. 15-year-old Terrell was working at a landscape company and while performing a task he should not have been asked to do was caught in a motorized wood chipper and killed.
Every day, young workers like Mallory, Antonio, and Terrell face injury, illness, and even death on the job. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that about 1.5 million teenagers from ages 15 through 17 participate in the U.S. labor force. Studies show that nearly 8 of 10 high school students in the United States work at some point during their school years. Each year, about 60,000 of these young workers are injured seriously enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. Data also show that workers under age 25 are twice as likely to be injured on the job as adult workers.
To address this problem, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developed a framework of eight essential workplace safety and health competencies. NIOSH developed these competencies for use in educational programs that prepare young workers to be aware of workplace risks and controls, and be able to participate in safe and healthy workplaces. The competencies are portable because they apply across occupations and industries and they transfer to other areas of life where risk-based decisions are made.
You can provide your students these essential workplace competencies using the NIOSH Youth@Work—Talking Safety curriculum. Talking Safety is available online, free-of-charge and is easy to use. The curriculum contains six modules, student handouts, a PowerPoint slide show, a video, and interactive activities. Major topics address the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to heighten awareness of risks for teen workers, recognize workplace hazards, understand hazard control options, deal with workplace emergencies, understand the rights and responsibilities of teen workers, and empower students to communicate with their employer about workplace safety. The activities highlight hazards and prevention strategies from a wide variety of workplaces. Talking Safety is customized for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to address their specific child labor rules and regulations.
Evidence suggests that Talking Safety has a positive impact on students’ knowledge of, attitude toward, self-efficacy regarding, and intention to engage in workplace safety and health.
In response to teacher requests, NIOSH, in partnership with NOCTI, developed the Talking Safety Assessment to measure students’ acquisition of the essential workplace safety and health knowledge presented in the curriculum. Pre- and post-test options are available, along with comprehensive score reporting to allow for a deeper dive into test results. Students who achieve a passing score on the Talking Safety Assessment will earn a digital badge. Two ordering options for this assessment include: the standard ordering option through schools and a new, individual participant ordering option through the NOCTI Student Resources Center. The NIOSH/NOCTI Talking Safety Assessment is currently in use in a large, urban school district in Oklahoma. Dissemination of the test is underway to other school districts throughout the country that are committed to preparing young people for a lifetime of safe and healthy work.