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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Parents and Educators Can Keep Young Workers Safe

Child labor continues in US and the safety issues are now a focus of OSHA's increased concern. Today's post was shared by US Dept. of Labor and comes from

As parents and educators, you play an important role. Here is vital information you need to know.
  • Employers must provide a safe and healthful workplace and comply with OSHA standards to prevent injuries and illnesses. Employers must train new workers on job hazards and safe work practices in a language they understand. Employers must also pay for most types of required safety gear.
  • Child labor laws restrict the types of jobs and the hours that youth under age 18 can work. They also prohibit workers under age 18 from using certain equipment. Learn about the federal and state child labor laws that apply to young workers.
  • States may develop and operate their own job safety and health programs with federal OSHA's approval and monitoring. There are currently 22 states and jurisdictions operating complete state plans (covering both the private sector and state and local government employees) and five plans that cover public employees only. To learn if your state has its own job safety and health program, see State Occupational Safety and Health Plans.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the agency of the Department of Labor (DOL) that protects workers from dangers on the job that can cause injuries or illnesses. OSHA is here to help you. Call us on our toll-free number: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or TTY 1-877-889-5627 to get answers to your questions, or to ask OSHA to inspect your workplace if you think there is a serious hazard. You can also submit...
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