The American Industrial Hygiene Association Warns Teen Workers at Risk on the Job: Teens Twice as Likely to Be Injured at Work

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Health and Safety Watchdogs Call for Potentially Lifesaving Workplace Safety Education in Schools

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The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) warns that teen workers are at risk on the job. AIHA is urging Americans to visit http://bit.ly/TeenWorkSafety to contact their local, state, and national lawmakers to demand that critical workplace safety education be included in 7th-12th grade curriculum.

“Of the 1.6 million US students aged 15 to 17 who are employed, 40 will lose their lives to work-related injuries and some 60,000 will be rushed to emergency rooms with life-altering injuries, many due to the lack of proper workplace safety education,” said Deborah Imel Nelson, PhD, CIH, the President of the Board of AIHA, “We have a responsibility to educate our youth about workplace hazards. It is time to incorporate workplace safety education into the curriculum of grades 7 through 12. Together, we can reduce teen deaths and injuries by educating teens about workplace safety.”

About the Youth@Work – Talking Safety Curriculum
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with educators, industry leaders, and state governments has developed the Youth@Work – Talking Safety curriculum. The curriculum is free to download and provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to identify, reduce or eliminate hazards at work and respond to emergencies. The curriculum is tailored to address the specific rules and regulations of each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has developed a related program called Safety Matters designed to help OSH professionals engage with students.

About AIHA®
Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 8,500 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia. Learn more at http://www.aiha.org.

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