Keeping Youth Safe at Summer Jobs
Attention Parents! Is your child looking for a summer job? Make sure they are aware of their rights and responsibilities as a young worker. They can’t be fired for reporting an injury, a workplace hazard, or other safety problems. They also have the right to:
- Be trained in a language they understand
- Work on machines that are safe
- Be provided required safety gear, such as gloves or a harness and lifeline for falls
- Be protected from toxic chemicals
- Request an OSHA inspection, and speak to the inspector
- Report an injury or illness, and get copies of your medical records
- See copies of the workplace injury and illness log
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
- Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace
Prepare your kids by talking to them about potential risks in the workplace.
And if you employ young workers, it is important to remember that workplace safety behaviors are learned. If a young person is unsure about what is unsafe, they may not speak up. We encourage you to create a workplace culture that encourages young workers to ask questions about health and safety concerns.
Learn more about the social media campaign #MySafeSummerJob at https://mysafesummerjob.org/.