Iowa Safe Youth @ Work

Youth @ Work Talking Safety Training Curriculum

Are You A Teen Worker?

American Society of Safety Engineers roll out new target teen safety kit aimed at preventing youth work injuries, illnesses
Slippery floors, hot cooking equipment, heavy lifting, loud noises and working alone are some of the dangers teens face as they experience a first job or seasonal employment. If not aware of the risk and properly trained and protected, these dangers can lead to serious injuries or fatalities for teen workers. To help teens stay safe at work, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has developed a new, comprehensive "Target Teen Work Safety" electronic tool kit ( it is rolling out this month to ASSE chapters: Read More...

Talking Safety
The following link is a recording of a 90 minute webinar held on December 7. 2010. Click the link below to play it: 

Jeopardy - Talking Safety PowerPoint Presentation PowerPoint Presentation Handouts - Young Worker Web Resources

OSHA 11 Curriculum: A 10-hour curriculum appropriate for young workers and includes an additional hour on child labor laws. See:

National Children’s Center For Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety - This Center funded by NIOSH and the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau strives to enhance the health and safety of all children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments. See:


The Youth@Work: Talking Safety Iowa
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is pleased to present Youth@Work: Talking Safety, a foundation curriculum in occupational safety and health. This curriculum is the culmination of many years’ work by a consortium of partners dedicated to reducing occupational injuries and illnesses among youth.

This curriculum is meant to be used in a classroom or other group training setting. The entire curriculum includes instructions for teachers and a step by step guide for presenting the material -

The construction adaptation to the Youth @ Work Curriculum is available on the Oregon OSHA site at:
Contact Jan Wierima from the Oregon Building Congress at

Youth Worker Injury Statistics

•  Every 30 seconds a teen is injured on the job
•  One teen dies from a workplace injury every 5 days
•  Nearly 200,000 teens are injured on the job every year
•  100,000 teens require emergency room treatment
•  In the U.S. there is an average of 4.5 youth deaths per 100,000 workers
•  Three-fourth of young worker injury claims occur in the first 30 days of employment
•  Workers with less than 1 year of experience account for 1/3 of all occupational injuries each year.

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Five Worst Teen Jobs for Accidents

•  Agriculture: Agricultural workers aged 15-17 are four times more likely to incur fatal injuries than those in other occupations.
•  Construction & Work in Heights: The most common types of fatal falls occur from working at heights of 6 feet and above, usually from rooftops, ladders, scaffolding or staging.
•  Outside Helper: Working in landscaping, grounds keeping and lawn service.
•  Driver/Operator of Forklifts, Tractors & ATVs: Injuries and resulting fatalities occur when minors are operating or riding as passengers, or are working near such machines.
•  Traveling Youth Crews: Young people who are recruited to sell candy, magazines, and other door-to-door items under dangerous conditions, and without adult supervision, may be more vulnerable to assaults and abductions by customers and strangers.

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Former White House Chief of Staff Highlights Importance of Teen Job Safety   

The importance of keeping young workers safe on the job—during the summer employment season and all year long—was highlighted in a personal anecdote by former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in a May 17 commencement address at George Washington University: "I was working as a meatcutter and sliced my finger deeply and not being — being 17, went swimming in Lake Michigan, ended up—it was prom night; that’s a legitimate thing to do—ended up with five blood infections, two bone infections, gangrene, and a 105 fever, and in a hospital for two months, and for the first 96 hours I battled between life and death. ...[W]hat started as a minor mishap turned into a life-threatening infection." See “Transcript of Rahm Emanuel’s Commencement address” at NIOSH has developed materials that can be used by business, labor, and educators to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses among youths.       

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Female StudentIowa Workforce Development and Employers' Council of Iowa sponsored two one-day Train-the-Trainer sessions on Youth @ Work: Teaching Teens About Safety and Health in the Workplace. Staff from the National Young Worker Safety Resource Center trained state agency staff, teachers, and job placement professionals in the use of Youth @ Work: Talking Safety, a 3-5 hour curriculum which teaches high school students basic information about occupational safety and health.

The curriculum was developed by the National Young Worker Safety Resource Center. The curriculum components can be downloaded from the links below.

Youth @ Work Talking Safety Training Curriculum
Refer to the Introduction for Disclaimer and Copyright information.
(Disclaimer... The student handouts 12 and 13 do not reflect current Iowa minimum wage. For current minimum wage information, visit

Setup and Instructions
Cover and Introduction
Iowa Fact Sheet
Bingo Boards
Watch Video
NIOSH Young Worker Topic Page

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CareerSafe® is a web-based safety program that can be accessed wherever and whenever internet service is provided.

Teens are often injured on the job due to unsafe equipment or stressful conditions. Many teens do not receive adequate safety training and supervision. It is important to find out about hazards your job might have, your rights on the job, and how you can protect yourself.

The US Government’s official website can be accessed at

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Teen Summer Jobs: Safety Pays - a site with teen summer job safety resources for various occupations.

To view the publication NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Young Worker Safety and Health, visit

OSHA’s mission is to help you stay healthy and safe while on the job. Whether you work part-time, full-time, over the summer for a few extra bucks, or the entire year, you have come to the right place to get the scoop on how your job can affect you, now and in the future. For specific information visit

Workplace Violence - A PowerPoint presentation that teaches youth about violence in the workplace.

Teaching Young Workers About Job Safety and Health  - A PowerPoint Presentation that teaches ways people can get hurt on the job, what to do if you see something at work that could hurt you or make you sick, what legal rights all workers have to make sure their jobs are safe and what extra protections young workers have under child labor laws.

Youth under the age of 16 in Iowa, are required to have a work permit before starting work. For information on how to obtain a work permit visit

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Additional Publications and Resources:

More Websites & Resources

The following is a listing of websites that provide information about occupational safety and health for young adults. 

Young Worker Rights


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