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Supervise young workers

Oregon workers between the ages of 15 and 25 have higher rates of workplace injuries. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Oregon OSHA

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

Young workers, smart strategies [PDF]
Fact sheets to help communicate with, and train, young workers in order to prevent injuries.

Communicating with young workers  Communicating with young workers [español]

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

Tips for training young workers   Tips for training young workers [español]

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

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

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

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 workers at risk (WorkSafeBC)
Videos and other online resources, including real-life case studies and investigations, made by and for young workers

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

Teen worker safety (Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries)
Materials to help employers, parents, and teens learn about how to stay safe while working.


Rights and responsibilities

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

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, adequate work, and weight lifting.

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, suitable for posting

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. 

Teen drinking and driving: a dangerous mix (CDC) [PDF]
Four infographics that explain who is at risk and what can be done

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 [español]