Here's the winning entry for the 2011 Safe Jobs For Youth poster contest. Congrats to artist Jane Adams, age 16, Hingham High School!
Every year, around 800 young people in Massachusetts end up having to go to the emergency room because they’re injured on the job. And it’s estimated that another 2400 young workers each year are hurt at work but don’t seek medical treatment.
That’s the startling news from a new report produced by the DPH Teens at Work project. It’s an especially timely reminder that workplace safety is an ongoing concern as teens begin working seasonal jobs over the summer.
As an additional reminder, for the 4th year in a row Governor Patrick has proclaimed May 2011 to be Young Worker Safety Month, a time to help raise awareness about hazards teens can face on the job, and ways they can be protected through adequate safety training, employer supervision, and knowledge of their workplace rights. (Special thanks to the MassCOSH Teens Lead @ Work Peer Leaders — a youth-led program that helps create safer workplaces for teens through peer-to-peer education and advocacy – for sending their request to the Governor!)
In response, DPH has been partnering with a wide variety of state and local organizations to engage young people themselves in advocating for safer workplace environments for everyone. These partners include the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the interagency Massachusetts Youth Employment and Safety Team (YES Team).
The partnership recently announced the winners of a “Safe Jobs for Youth” poster contest, which asked youth participants to design eye-catching graphic messages that promote the importance of youth worker safety. The winning entries were celebrated at a ceremony held during MassCOSH’s annual LEAPS Academy (Leadership Education and Action to Promote Safety), with DPH Commissioner John Auerbach on April 21.
The winning poster has been distributed to hundreds of schools, youth-serving organizations, and employers across the state. For more information on youth worker safety, please visit www.mass.gov/dos/youth. For copies of the winning poster, please e-mail: email@example.com.
Making Your Summer POP! posted on Jul 19
Few things are better than an ice-cold popsicle on a hot summer day! I have vivid memories from my childhood running around through the sprinkler and various neighbors’ yards enjoying the summer sun. At that age, having a messy red ring around your mouth from …Continue Reading Making Your Summer POP!
Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces posted on Jul 18
Wellness programs are good for business. They can lead to better performing workers, lower absenteeism and decreased healthcare and insurance costs. Now, small businesses can be rewarded for these efforts! The Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive gives small businesses in Massachusetts a state tax credit …Continue Reading Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces
Climate and Health: We Track That! posted on Jul 15
Extreme heat events are one of the most common causes of weather-related deaths in the United States – and the number of heat-related deaths is rising. More frequent and severe heat waves are likely to occur as climate change continues to change weather patterns. These …Continue Reading Climate and Health: We Track That!