New research shows young people's brains are still developing until well into their 20's and this, combined with inexperience, can impact on workplace safety. Decision making, risk taking, communication and even fatigue are affected by a still maturing brain.
Strategies that often work for adult workers may not work for young workers based on their different characteristics and needs. By understanding the unique characteristics of young people, supervisors are able to work more effectively with them.
Initiativies in regards to young workers have included; GTA young worker safety, Use and non-use of PPE, Construction trades apprentices & Workplace drug and alcohol.
Youthsafe has worked in partnership with industry to develop resources and safety strategies focused exclusively on young workers. These resources are for supervisors and parents of young workers and also for young workers themselves. They include a Parent Fact sheet, supervisor resource kit yPack, educators kit In Working Order and online resource Talking Safety.
If you are planning a project or initiative to support safer workplaces for young people, or looking for further information, click on the resources button to visit Youthsafe's work safety resources.
Young Worker Safety News Issue 1, 2011
Young Worker Safety News Issue 2, 2011
Young Worker Safety News Issue 3, 2011
Young Worker Safety News Issue 4, 2011
Young Worker Safety News Issue 5, 2011
Young Worker Safety News Issue 6, 2011