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blog-post-imageDid you know that teen workers across the nation have about twice the risk of nonfatal on-the-job injuries per hour worked than adult workers? With the holiday season so quickly upon us, it is important that teen workers who are taking on extra hours during the school break stay safe and review their rights under the child labor laws.

In an effort to highlight worker health and safety for teens even after the holidays, the Youth Employment and Safety Team (YES Team) and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) have launched the 2019 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest. This event gives teens an opportunity to help spread the word about their right to a safe and healthy workplace.

The contest, first launched in 2011, invites all MA teens between the ages of 14 and 19 to submit a poster that promotes safer work for themselves and their peers. Posters should raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety for young workers so they can be shared with communities across the state. Official rules can be found here.

Cash prizes are being offered to the first ($500), second ($300), and third ($100) place winners. Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony on March 14th at the State House. Please encourage any young worker you know to participate. Just remember that submissions must be postmarked by December 14th!

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Health Communicator and Outreach Specialist in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program

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