TL@W is a peer leadership program to develop young workers who can teach their peers how to recognize and prevent workplace hazards. Our TL@W peer leaders provide training sessions for San Francisco Bay Area teens, about rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Through role play and discussion, young workers learn how to respond to common hazards, such as how to reduce the risk of violence during robberies at retail establishments.
Why This is Important
- Kelsey Hagenson, 18, died of multiple blunt force injuries after a forklift mishap in 2015 while working on a construction site in Wisconsin.
- Bradley Hogue, 19, was fatally caught in the blades of a rotating auger on a wood-chipping truck in 2014 while on a landscaping job in Washington.
- David Kimberl, 18, was fatally crushed in 2014 while newly working on a bridge construction job in Florida.
- Joseph Morante, 19, was fatally shot in 2013 while working at a cell phone store in Boston.
- Christine LoBrutto, 18, was shot and killed in 2012 by a co-worker while working on the 3rd shift stocking shelves at the Pathmark store in New Jersey.
- Jamil Bader, Jr, 18, was shot and killed in 2012 during a robbery at his family’s delicatessen in New Jersey.
Workplace Violence Focus
Sexual assault is also a widespread risk for young workers. A recent study by the Shuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University estimates that 200,000 U.S. young workers annually are victims of sexual assault at work.
“Workplace violence affects teens all over the nation so it is important that every worker—especially young workers—know about their rights and resources,” said Alice Kuang, 16, TL@W peer leader
In the summer of 2015, the LOHP TL@W peer leaders developed this video to help teens know what to do when facing bullying, sexual harassment, and discrimination, all on the “workplace violence continuum”.
TL@W uses the OSHA approved curriculum Preventing-Violence-in-the-Workplace.pdf (167 downloads) to educate young workers on how to recognize and prevent workplace hazards and has a focus on workplace violence prevention.
Using a peer-led training model, and our OSHA-approved curriculum, peer leaders educate other youth on their workplace rights and responsibilities, and how to identify, problem-solve, and effectively address workplace health and safety hazards, with a special focus on preventing workplace violence. Training activities utilize participatory learning methods including interactive discussion, case studies, and dynamic role-play. If you would like to learn more about hosting a TL@W training for youth at your school or organization contact Kelsie Scruggs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The project is funded, in part, by a training grant from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and in partnership with four other TL@W programs with organizations in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. The project is also supported by the City of Berkeley and the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund.