Educating 1 Million Young Workers About Workplace Safety
CareerSafe Online has implemented a campaign to educate one million young people about workplace safety by 2015, according to an article published by timeunion.com. The campaign was kicked off on National Young Worker Safety Day and already has received over 4,000 pledges from teachers, administrators and students in support of reaching the goal.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported that employees ages 16-24 are twice as likely to experience workplace injury as employees 25 and older; every two minutes a young employee is injured while working. The shocking statistics of workplace injury are what prompt CareerSafe Online to provide programs to education young workers and improve safety. To reach the millions CareerSafe offers a ten hour OSHA training session for students from ages 16-24, a program that is conducted by their own teachers and administrators.
Jebb Stewart High School in Falls Church, VA is one of many schools that have already incorporated CareerSafe Online’s workplace safety program into their curriculum. “All employers need safe, conscientious, and prepared workers. Our Workplace Safety competencies are accomplished through the CareerSafe Online program,” stated Kallie Forman, career and technical teacher at Jebb Stewart High School.
NIOSH reported that the cause for the high number of young worker injuries is due to the fact that most Americans are unaware of the risks associated with day-to-day workplace tasks. CareerSafe Online believes that through their campaign to educate one million young workers the level of understanding will increase of and the number of injuries will in result decrease.