May is Safe Jobs for Youth Month! This annual public awareness campaign highlights the importance of preventing teen injuries on the job.
The objective is to protect young workers from injury by raising community awareness about child labor law protections and workplace health and safety issues. There are many ways that young workers and their allies can celebrate Safe Jobs for Youth Month, including activities for you and your community, as well as contests to raise awareness.
It is supported by the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety, a statewide working group representing government agencies, educators, parents, employers, job trainers, labor unions and others.
May is also Labor History Month, enacted by California legislators in 2002 to promote educational activities that make pupils aware of the role the labor movement has played in shaping California and the United States, including our workplace rights and protections. See the Resource Kit for teaching activities.
Why Is It Needed?
Every 6 minutes, somewhere in the U.S. a teenager is injured seriously enough on the job to go to a hospital emergency room. 30-50 teens die from their injuries each year.
These injuries and deaths can be prevented if we:
- Know the laws
- Make sure teens are doing appropriate work
- Make sure teen workers are trained and supervised
- Help teens learn to ask for help when they need it.
Who Can Participate?
Everyone! Think about what you can do in your program or community to get information to:
- School Administrators
- Job trainers
Materials available to order and/or download:
- Free! Resource Kit: For teachers and other adults working with teens. It contains a teaching activity, “Bingo” instructing teens on workplace rights and health and safety, a teen-drawn poster, factsheets for youth and employers summarizing child labor laws, and some samples of how to get active in one’s local community.
- Free! Teen Poster: A colorful poster about young worker health and safety created by a California teen.
Where Can I Get More Information?
Young Workers Project
Labor Occupational Health Program