How to Take Action This Month- December 2017

Make Those Calls to Your State Legislators! Let’s Get Teen Workplace Safety Education Legislation Introduced Across the Nation!

How great would it be if teens were taught about workplace safety in school? If that’s an idea that makes you smile, then it’s time to take a bit of action – it’s time to call your State legislators and ask for a meeting. It only takes a few minutes to find out who your legislators are, read their bios and committee assignments, call their offices, and request meetings. Explain that you’re a constituent, that approximately 60,000 teens go to the emergency room each year as a result of a work-related injury, and you want to work with them to help keep teens safe; they’ll be happy to meet with you.

The “ask” is simple and straightforward: We’re looking for State legislators who are willing to introduce/sponsor (or work with us to help identify other State legislators who would be willing to do so) legislation that requires workplace safety to be incorporated into appropriate classes in Grades 7 through 12. It’s important to draw attention to Safety Matters, which is a program that AIHA worked with NIOSH on to raise awareness among young people about workplace safety and health and to provide an understanding of the skills they need to become active participants in creating safe and healthy work environments. The program is 100% free and requires no special training to deliver.

We have everything you need to get started and prepare for your meeting. While you can certainly send an email, phone calls are generally better as they help to cut through the mass of messages policymakers receive (even though you may be asked to submit your meeting requests via email after the initial call).

- Identify, research, and contact your State legislators here

- Learn about Safety Matters, the need to protect teens at work, view legislation that we’ve helped enact in Texas and Oklahoma, and watch videos from our members who have been involved in these issues to gain insights for holding your own meetings with legislators here.

Many of the discussions concerning teen workplace safety legislation occur within AIHA’s Teen Workplace Safety Task Force under our ACTIONS (government relations) Committee. If you’d like to learn more and/or get involved with the Task Force, please contact Mark Ames at mames@aiha.org.​

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