JUNE 21, 2016 | LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF NATIONAL YOUNG WORKER SAFETY DAY?
June 21, 2016 - Every June, CareerSafe sponsors National Young Worker Safety Day (NYWSD) in conjunction with National Safety Month. This year’s NYWSD celebration will be held on June 21, 2016 at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. This annual event celebrates the safety achievements of students and educators while also raising awareness of youth injuries in the workplace. At this event, attendees are invited to sign the safety pledge to “StartSafe. StaySafe.” in the workplace. CareerSafe invites all career and technical education students to participate in the events and receive a commemorative t-shirt. Each year the number of safety pledges received continues to grow. In fact, in 2015 over 6,000 students took the StartSafe. StaySafe. pledge. By promoting safety education in all situations, CareerSafe hopes to reach beyond the classroom and make a safety impact for students on the job, at home, and in their communities.
"Safety is a foundation that every workplace should be built on because all workers have the right to return home at the end of the day healthy and safe, regardless of their age or how long they are on the job," said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. "Young workers are new to the job so it's especially important that employers make sure they receive the training and protective gear they need to stay safe on the job."
According to the CDC, there were approximately 20.3 million young people, under the age of 24, entering the workforce in 2015—but this does not mean that these young workers are necessarily prepared and able to handle risks and hazards that can occur in a work environment. Not being knowledgeable of hazards related to a specific job or knowing how to assess and correct a problem can lead to devastating injuries or even death for a worker. Safety training can make workers more conscious of hazards and risks such as falls, vehicle accidents, overexertion injuries, and workplace violence. Unfortunately, workplace safety has the potential to be unintentionally overlooked which can leave workers and others on the job site unprotected. Based on current statistics, young workers, ages 16-24, continue to have the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses; greater than any other age group.
“Young workers tend to be employed in some of our more dangerous workplaces and experience a disproportionate amount of workplace injuries. Every seven minutes a young worker is hospitalized, and every five days a young worker is killed on the job,” states U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minnesota, “As a father, a grandfather and Ranking Member of the Senate Employee and Workplace Safety Subcommittee, I’m saddened by these figures. That’s why today’s event, the National Young Worker Safety Day, is so important. We need to prevent needless and tragic injuries and deaths and provide our younger workforce with the training and skills to protect themselves and others on the job. Today is a day to promote safety in the work place but also to acknowledge the sacrifices of those who have been injured or lost their lives on the job and honor their memory by working to create a safer workplace and prevent future tragedies. Thank you for your commitment to a safer workplace.”
By preparing students for their first entry-level job and future career opportunities with safety and health training, young workers will be more capable of protecting themselves and others.
Students, Teachers and Industry Leaders can sign the banner pledge to StartSafe and StaySafe in the workplace. Everyone that signs the safety banner will be provided with a commemorative t-shirt and other optional giveaways.
Other giveaways include:
CareerSafe will also have a photobooth that attendees can take a picture trying on their favorite personal protective equipment or other silly props. We are also encouraging individuals to visit our video testimonial booth to share a personal account of what workplace safety means to them.
NATIONAL YOUTH SAFETY VIDEO CONTEST
In conjunction with National Young Worker Safety Day and the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, we will also be announcing the winner of our third annual National Youth Safety Video Contest.
For our video contest, Career and Technical Education students across the country submitted two minute, original videos demonstrating safety in the workplace.Videos creatively detailed strategies to increase safety in the workplace.
Videos were primarily judged using criteria set by CareerSafe, SkillsUSA, and OSHA Region VI. The top 12 videos were uploaded on our website to be viewed and judged by the public. First place will receive a $2,500 scholarship and $5,000 to school programs! To learn more about next year's contest or view the winners, visit our National Youth Safety Video Contest page.
HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED WITHOUT ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE?
There are several ways to be involved with National Young Worker Safety Day without attending the conference.The mission of NYWSD is relevant anywhere young adults are preparing for or engaging in workforce activities!
SUMMER AND INDUSTRY SAFETY TIPS
View our Top 10 Summer Job Safety Tips and pass them along to your students before the start of summer vacation! We want your students to have a safe and rewarding summer work experience.
CAREERSAFE TRAINING COURSES
Interested in learning more about our training programs and how you can help make "A Million Safer?" Look at the how you can incorporate the courses into your safety curriculum.
We hope to see you in Louisville. For more information regarding National Young Worker Safety Day or any of our events please contact our outreach team.