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Young Workers’ Rights and Safety

We are in the middle of summer internships and jobs for a lot of young workers so this is the perfect time to revisit the rights they have in the workplace.

Age should never be an issue when it comes to workplace rights and safety. That is why the Occupational Health & Safety Administration released this quick, and informative, video to help young workers get acquainted with their rights in the workplace.

In addition to the video, OHSA also released an entire website centered around case studies, additional tips, and general information for young workers. You can find everything here.

Do you have a young worker working for you this summer or full-time during the year? This is the perfect time to share these rights and safety tips with them. You can have the most impact on them by talking to them about the importance of safety in the workplace and what to do during an incident. Opening that line of communication will help you and them when it comes to any potential issues in the workplace regarding safety and their rights.

Young workers, do you need to report something, but aren’t sure how? OHSA can you help with the following information:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the agency of the Department of Labor (DOL) that protects workers from dangers on the job that can cause injuries or illnesses. OSHA is here to help you. Call us on our toll-free number: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or TTY 1-877-889-5627 to get answers to your questions, or to ask OSHA to inspect your workplace if you think there is a serious hazard.

We highly encourage both employers and young workers to spend some time on the OHSA website to learn more about your rights and safety tips.

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