Safe Jobs for Youth Month

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About 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.

Labor History Month was 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.

I Know My Rights and Responsibilities
  1. I have a right to a safe and healthy workplace, including training from my employer about anything that could hurt me on the job. Could I get hurt?
  2. If I am under 18, I am protected from doing many dangerous types of work, and from working too late, too early, or too long. Am I a working teen? 
  3. I have a right to be paid the minimum wage. As of January 1, 2016 that’s $10 per hour in California. Frequently asked questions about Minimum Wage
  4. I have a right to an unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes if I am scheduled for at least a 5 hour shift and to a paid 10 minute rest break for every 4 hours of work. Learn more about meal and rest breaks
  5. I have a right to be treated with fairness and respect regardless of my race, color, gender, nationality, and religion. Read: What is employment discrimination?
Why Is It Needed?

Most workplace injuries are preventable.

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 can join Safe Jobs for Youth Month!

Think about what you can do in your program or community to get information to:

  • Teens
  • Employers
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Job trainers
Materials available to order and/or download:
  1. 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.
  2. Free! Teen Poster: A colorful poster about young worker health and safety created by a California teen.

Additional printed materials may be ordered from: UC Berkeley-LOHP and UCLA-LOSH.

Where Can I Get More Information?

Young Workers Project

Labor Occupational Health Program
U.C. Berkeley
joselyn@berkeley.edu