Young workers

Workers between 15 and 25 years old are injured on the job more often than their older coworkers. Here’s how to help teens and young adults stay safe in the workplace.

Oregon OSHA

Visit the Oregon OSHA website to learn more about young worker safety. Start here:


Kitchen safety showdown
Chefs compete to see who’s got the chops when it comes to restaurant safety. Learn how to avoid common kitchen injuries, including burns and cuts, muscle strains and falls, and hazardous chemicals and equipment.
Duration 13:26 minutes | Watch now


Life on Mute: Hearing Loss
These short videos are great examples of how hearing loss impacts lives both at work and at home.
Duration 1:58 minutes | Watch now



Safe driving
This could save your life.
Duration 3.5 minutes | Watch now


Young workers, smart strategies

Fact sheets to help communicate with, and train, young workers in order to prevent injuries.

Communicating with young workers  Communicating with young workers [Spanish]

Tips for preventing young worker injuries   Tips for preventing young worker injuries [Spanish]

Tips for training young workers   Tips for training young workers [Spanish]

Understand how a young worker thinks  Understanding how young workers think [Spanish]

Young workers, old school training
This interactive, online training discusses risk factors unique to young workers, and how to best communicate with them.

Resilience in young workers 
Young workers are twice as likely to get hurt on the job. Here's how to help them build resilience.

Tips for safely employing young workers (SAIF/O[yes]) [PDF]
Two-page training sheet with short tips, organized by category. [Spanish]

6-minute safety talks for young workers (WorkSafeBC)
Designed for students in apprenticeship programs, these concise trainings cover a variety of topics related to automotive, culinary arts, hair styling, plumbing, and woodworking.

Young worker safety and health (NIOSH)
Resources include publications, statistics, and podcasts related to young worker employment, injuries, and illnesses. 

Rights and responsibilities

Get a job, work safe (O[yes]) [PDF] 
Fact sheet, training tips, and a summary of child labor laws. [Spanish]

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI)
All employers in Oregon are subject to state rules governing minors' working conditions, including meal periods, rest periods and working restrictions.

Teen worker rights, responsibilities, and safety training (OSHA)
If you're under age 18, there may be limits on the hours you work, the jobs you do, and the equipment you use. Learn about federal and state child labor laws.

Young workers' health and safety (UC Berkeley)
California coalition empowers teens to "know your rights, speak up, and ask for help."

Restaurants, fast food, and retail

Supervising young workers in the service industry [PDF]
10 quick training tips.

Health and safety guide for new retail workers (WorkSafeBC) [PDF]

Teens and driving

Young drivers in the workplace: How employers and parents can keep them safe on the road  (CDC) [PDF]
This infographic describes the legal requirements for young drivers in the workplace and includes checklists for both employers and parents to use to promote safe driving. 

Preventing injuries to young drivers: What employers should know (NIOSH) [PDF]
A comprehensive guide featuring case studies and "learning points" for employers.

At school

Oregon young employee safety (O[yes])
This nonprofit coalition sponsors a video contest and other programs to engage teens in the topics of workplace safety and worker rights.

High school curriculum: talking safety Oregon (NIOSH)
Activities designed to raise awareness about occupational safety and health and provide basic skills for creating safe and healthy workplaces.

At home

Parent tips: keeping young workers safe (O[yes]) [PDF]
What to do before, and after, your teen is hired; plus a summary of child labor laws. [Spanish]


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