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Students Pledge to #StartSafeStaySafe at National Young Worker Safety Day

June 20, 2017 - The seventh annual National Young Worker Safety Day (NYWSD) celebrated the achievements of career and technical education students and educators while raising awareness of youth injuries in the workplace. Thousands of CTE students and educators participated in the NYWSD (#StartSafeStaySafe) celebration at the 53rd National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Throughout NYWSD, students, teachers, and industry leaders were invited to sign the CareerSafe safety banner and pledge to make safety a priority in their workplace. Attendees also shared anecdotes about the importance of safety in their lives. Those pledging to StartSafe. StaySafe. received a commemorative t-shirt and other giveaways for participating in the event. 

CareerSafe’s founder Dr. Teverbaugh said, “Each year as we celebrate National Young Worker Safety Day, we advocate our ongoing commitment to ensuring young workers know their legal right to be safe in the workplace as we advance their ability to recognize and mitigate workplace hazards.”  Continuing he stated, “ We are both impressed and encouraged as we observed  over 6,500 CTE educators and students pledged to embrace and promote safety awareness in their schools, workplaces, homes and communities as part of this celebration.”

In conjunction with the NYWSD celebration, participants from around the country were encouraged to join the CareerSafe Safety Selfie Campaign by sharing selfies and other related photographs on their social media accounts to promote young worker safety and health education training. 

The importance of National Young Worker Safety Day only increases in significance each year as young workers enter the workforce for the first time. Approximately 80 percent of young workers will enter their first job while still in high school, and according to the CDC, there were 19.1 million young people under the age of 24 who entered the workforce in 2015. Often, young workers are inexperienced and lack proper safety training which leads to the necessity of appropriate training and awareness of workplace health and safety.

CareerSafe encourages both educators and students to continue to help promote safety awareness year-round through multiple scholarship opportunities. Students are challenged to create both safety video PSAs and written essays expressing the importance of safety training. Follow CareerSafe news, social media, and events to remain up to date on opportunities to make a difference in workplace safety education.

Through a collaborative effort, what we do every day can save lives and lower injury rates for young workers. Remember, no job is worth a young worker’s life™.