California Recognizes May as Safe Jobs for Youth Month

Published May 3, 2017

A California Senate concurrent resolution introduced last Tuesday, April 25, supports the governor’s designation of the month of May as “Safe Jobs for Youth Month.” The resolution, which was introduced by Sen. Richard Pan and is currently in the Senate Rules Committee awaiting assignment, also encourages the passage of legislation to create a Young Worker Bill of Rights.

“Our youth represent the future of our community, and we have an obligation both to create employment opportunities where young people can learn skills and habits essential for their careers and jobs that are also safe and healthy,” the bill text reads.

As part of Safe Jobs for Youth Month, the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety will host a free webinar on educating youth about workplace safety and rights on the job. Webinar participants will walk through three activities they can use to help inform youth about job health and safety as well as their rights, including child labor laws. The one-hour webinar will be held twice on May 16: once at 7 a.m. PT and again at 11 a.m. PT. Registration information is available online.

The California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety, which is coordinated by the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California at Berkeley, is a statewide working group that develops and promotes strategies to protect youth at work.

Further resources related to Safe Jobs for Youth Month, including a resource kit, educational activities for teachers, and information about the California Partnership’s Young Worker Bill of Rights, are available on the youngworkers.org website, a project of the California Partnership.

Related: The Safety Matters program was jointly introduced by AIHA and NIOSH in 2015, and is intended to raise awareness among young workers about workplace safety and health. Safety Matters includes a unique training module targeted to students in grades 7 through 12. The training is designed to educate teen workers through a combination of statistics, real-world situations, stories from teens who experienced a job-related injury and the impact it had on their lives, and interactive group discussions. Learn about how to bring Safety Matters to your community.