Young people (aged 18-24) are 50% more likely to be injured at work than any
other group of workers (EU Agency for Safety and health at Work).
Young people as new recruits are at higher risk of workplace injury (ESRI)
The Health and Safety Authority celebrated 200,000 plus learners over ten years
of its flagship programme Choose Safety, which is aimed at post-primary senior
cycle students and students in further education. Choose Safety aims to prepare
young people with skills for the world of work through educating them about
safety, health and welfare.
More than 28,000 students participated in the Choose Safety programme in
Transition Year, Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), Leaving Certificate
Vocational Programme (LCVP) and across further education settings, in the
2017/2018 academic year. A total of 647 institutions were involved last year
and that included 63% of post-primary schools nationwide. Within further
education, the programme is taught to growing numbers of students on plc
courses, courses at Levels 4 and 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications,
within Youthreach, and the National Learning Network.
Speaking at a seminar to mark the occasion, Chief Executive of the Health and
Safety Authority, Dr. Sharon McGuinness said that the success of the programme
comes from the wide recognition that safety, health and welfare is a core
concern within employment and that young people need to be aware of their
rights and responsibilities around safety, health and welfare at work.
Dr. McGuinness said, "Young people, as new recruits, are at a higher risk of
workplace injury than their more experienced colleagues. Their lack of
experience, combined with being new to the world of work can leave them exposed
and vulnerable to workplace accidents and injuries. They need a good common
sense grounding in what it means to look after themselves and those around them
in the workplace. The Choose Safety programme supports young people to develop
a safety first mind-set' before they reach the workplace. This also makes a
lot of sense for employers who are responsible for managing workplace safety
and health and recruiting these young people.
Choose Safety consists of safety, health and welfare programme texts for
teachers and students, which are supplied, free of charge to schools/further
education settings. It includes a free elearning course Get Safe - Work Safe'
which can be found at https://hsalearning.ie. The programme is coordinated
locally by the 21 fulltime Education Centres and is rolled out from Kilkenny
Education Centre. Certificates of completion can be awarded as well as online
digital badges for any units completed.
FE centres wishing to participate in the Choose Safety programme should contact
their local education centre or the HSA.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Authority - HSA