The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) partnered with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to start a new initiative called “Safety Matters”.
The new program aims to educate young people about work health and safety.
There are more than a million young workers in the U.S. Accordign to NIOSH, one of these workers is injured every nine minutes. The Safety Matters program will help equip young workers with the skills and knowledge they need to participate in safe and healthy work environments throughout their working lives.
“Safety Matters” is based on NIOSH’s “Youth@Work: Talking Safety” foundation curriculum in occupational safety and health, which was developed for schools nationwide. The new program is a one-hour interactive teaching module and PowerPoint presentation targeted to students in grades 7 through 12, and can be delivered by educators and safety professionals.
The program will teach young workers how to identify hazards at work, prevent illness and injury, identify emergencies at work and decide on the best ways to address them, and communicate with other workers, including people in authority when they feel unsafe or threatened.