AIHA Members Report on Initiatives to Protect Young Workers

Posted October 12, 2016

A local section report authored by AIHA members Richard Hirsh and Chris Laszcz-Davis describes efforts by AIHA, NIOSH, and the state of California to help keep young workers safe on the job. Hirsh and Laszcz-Davis, who are representatives of the California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC), recently contacted California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) to explore opportunities to promote the Safety Matters program, a joint AIHA-NIOSH effort to build awareness around job hazards for young workers. Based on NIOSH’s “Youth@Work: Talking Safety”  curriculum, Safety Matters is a one-hour interactive teaching module and PowerPoint presentation targeted to students in grades 7 through 12.

California’s young worker safety initiatives have been ongoing for nearly 20 years. For example, the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety, a statewide task force and advisory group, develops and promotes strategies to protect youth at work. The Partnership’s supporters include California’s DIR; the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley; Cal/OSHA; and others. Laszcz-Davis and Hirsh are exploring how CIHC could join the Partnership in order to collaborate with DIR and LOHP in promoting these efforts through AIHA’s local sections in California.

To learn more about these efforts, see the full report on AIHA’s website (PDF).