10/27/2006

Online Tool Relaunched for Young Worker Campaign

A website promoting the safety of young workers has been revamped by the Royal
Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to coincide with this year's
European Week for Safety and Health at Work.

RoSPA's updated site ­ www.youngworker.co.uk - provides a useful online
resource for employers (particularly those with fewer than 200 employees), work
experience organisers and young people aged 14-25 who are involved in work
experience or starting work for the first time. Other people interested in the
health, safety and welfare of young people, including parents and guardians,
might also find the site helpful.

New content includes regularly updated links to young worker case studies, a
facility enabling young people to submit their work experience stories, links
to RoSPA products and resources related to work experience, and a tool enabling
work experience organisers to test their skills and knowledge.

Safe Start ­ the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, run by the
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from October 23-27 - is dedicated
to the occupational wellbeing of young people.

Roger Bibbings, RoSPA Occupational Safety Adviser, said: "Accidents are a major
cause of death and injury to our population and the greatest single threat to
life for children and young people. A lack of experience together with
risk-taking behaviour, especially during the teenage and young adult years, can
be a lethal combination - particularly when they occur in the environments of
road or workplace.

"Figures show that a young worker, aged between 16 and 24, is seriously injured
every 40 minutes in the UK and one young person is killed at work each month.
We hope our 'new look' website will help cut these tragedies by increasing
interest in health and safety among the young and providing a valuable resource
for employers."

Supervisors have a key role to play in establishing safe working practices
among their young workers and RoSPA runs a training course for those
responsible for managing young people at work. The Society also offers
organisation-specific risk awareness courses for young workers themselves and
consultancy services. Young-worker safety will also be taken into consideration
as part of the 2007 RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards, which will be
launched next month.

Further info


AplusA-online.de - Source: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents