I am currently chairing the Safety Matters/Teen Workplace Safety AIHA Beta Group Task Force. We are just getting started and I am accepting AIHA member volunteers to serve on this task force. Like any task force, this will require a few conference calls and several emails with a specific time limit. Please contact me if you are interested in serving in this capacity.
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What is Safety Matters? This general awareness training program developed jointly by the National Institute of Occupational Heath and Safety (NIOSH) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is designed to teach young workers how to identify workplace hazards and know their rights as workers.
Why is this important? Here are some statistics you may not know:
- "Approximately 1.6 million U.S. teens (aged 15–17) work.
- Every nine minutes, a U.S. teen is injured on the job.
- On average, each year:
- 59,800 workers under the age of 18 are sent to the ER for job-related injuries
- 37 workers under the age of 18 die on the job.
- Young workers are twice as likely to be injured compared to adult workers." (from https://www.aiha.org/get-involved/SafetyMattersCenter/Pages/default.aspx)