May 22, 2018

Teen Workers at Risk on the Job: Teens Twice as Likely to Be Injured at Work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. SPR-18-0522-01

MEDIA CONTACT:
Susan Marchese
smarchese@aiha.org

(202) 256‐8986;

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (May 22, 2018) — The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) warns that teen workers are at risk on the job. AIHA is urging Americans to visit AIHA's Government Relation website to contact their local, state, and national lawmakers to demand that critical workplace health and 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 health and 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 health and safety education into the curriculum of grades 7 through 12. Together, we can reduce teen deaths and injuries by educating teens about workplace health and safety.”

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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, AIHA is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. We provide comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help its members maintain the highest professional standards.

More than half of the nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs), and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed in the industrial, consulting, academic, and government sectors. Learn more at www.aiha.org.