Tuesday, 26 March 2019

YOUNG PEOPLE AND SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK

Statistics show that 18- to 24-year-olds are more likely to have a serious accident at work than older adults. They may be exposed to poor working conditions leading to the development of occupational illnesses while still young or later in life.
New to the workplace, young people may lack experience and often lack both physical and psychological maturity. They may not take seriously enough the risks that they face. Other factors that put young people at greater risk include:
  • Insufficient skills and training
  • Not being aware of their rights and their employer’s duties
  • Not having the confidence to speak out
  • Employers not recognising the additional protection that young workers need

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) produces statistics, monitors risks to young people and supports the sharing of good practices to protect them in the workplace.

Employers’ rights and responsibilities

It is the employer’s responsibility to protect the safety and health of workers and they should pay particular attention to young workers. They must carry out a risk assessment before a young person starts work and put in place measures to protect them.
Young workers should be given appropriate work and provided with adequate training and supervision. Employers should promote a strong safety culture and involve young workers in safety matters. Special rules apply to young workers under the age of 18.
Council Directive 94/33/EC sets out the legal obligations for employers. These obligations are set out in regulations of each Member State. National safety and health organisations and trade unions are good sources of advice.

Source:
https://osha.europa.eu/en/themes/young-workers
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