LOHP coordinates the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety, a statewide task force that brings together government agencies and statewide organizations representing educators, employers, parents, job trainers and others. The partnership develops and promotes strategies to protect youth at work and serves as an advisory group on young worker advocacy projects.
For more information on teen worker health and safety, see www.youngworkers.org.
To view LOHP's Young Worker materials, click here.
Youth can also play a unique role in educating their peers and others in their communities. Toward this end, WOSHTEP has established the Young Worker Leadership Academy. At least one academy is held each year, involving teams of youth from throughout the state. The Young Worker Leadership Academy is funded by the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation. The program teaches youth about workplace health and safety issues and their rights and responsibilities, and provides a forum for planning specific actions that can be taken in their own communities. These actions have included conducting health and safety activities in their schools and community centers, designing informational brochures and videos, and gaining new school policies to provide working teens with health and safety information through the work permit process. These projects help highlight California's Safe Jobs for Youth Month in May, an activity of the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety.
For more information about the Young Worker Leadership Academy, contact Diane Bush at email@example.com.
Each May is Safe Jobs for Youth Month in California. To build interest, LOHP and the California Partnership sponsor an annual safety poster contest for teen artists as well as a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video contest for teens.
The winning posters for 2013 are shown here:
For more information, visit the Young Workers website at www.youngworkers.org. The site also has a gallery of winning posters from 2013 and previous years, winning videos from the PSA contest, and a kit of materials for use in schools and libraries during Safe Jobs for Youth Month.
The National Young Worker Safety Resource Center (YWSRC) is a collaborative project of U.C. Berkeley's Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Massachusetts. The YWSRC provides training, technical assistance, and resource materials to state and community groups throughout the country.
LOHP and others have developed materials and outreach strategies to reach youth, employers, parents and educators, through schools, workplaces and job training programs. Another important audience to reach is health care providers. This project aims to develop a tool kit for adolescent health care providers in both school- and community-based clinics, utilizing existing strategies and materials, to enhance their ability to provide information to youth about employment issues, workers’ rights and workplace injury and illness prevention, as well as to integrate into their practices an understanding of how work exposures may impact their young patients’ health, improving the quality of their care. This project is currently in the needs assessment phase. We hope to have materials to pilot by late summer 2012.
LOHP staffs the Partnership's telephone info line on young worker health and safety. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish. Call 1-888-933-TEEN (1-888-933-8336) with questions about teen employment rights, labor laws, and job hazards.