Monday, October 5, 2015

Safe Work for Young Workers: Hazards

Hazards

Young workers get injured or sick on the job for many reasons, including:
  • Unsafe equipment
  • Inadequate safety training
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Dangerous work that is illegal or inappropriate for youth under 18
  • Pressure to work faster
  • Stressful conditions
Workplace hazards associated with specific jobs are another major cause of injuries and illnesses. Employers must work to reduce or minimize hazards in the workplace and train employees how to work safely on the job.

Workplace hazards include:
  • Retail/Grocery Stores/Convenience Stores
    • Equipment and machinery
    • Heavy lifting
    • Violent crime
    • Repetitive hand motion
    • Slippery floors
  • Food Service/Fast Food 
    • Sharp objects
    • Hot cooking equipment
    • Slippery floors
    • Electricity
    • Heavy lifting
    • Violent crime
  • Janitorial/Cleanup/Maintenance
    • Hazardous chemicals
    • Slippery floors
    • Heavy lifting
    • Blood on discarded needles
    • Electricity
    • Vehicles
  • Office/Clerical
    • Repetitive hand motion (computer work)
    • Back and neck strain
    • Stress
  • Outdoor Work
    • Exposure to the sun
    • Heat
    • Landscaping
    • Pesticides and chemicals
    • Machinery and vehicles
    • Electricity
    • Heavy lifting
    • Noise
  • Construction
    • Falls
    • Machines and tools
    • Hazardous materials
    • Confined space
    • Electricity
    • Struck-by
    • Vehicle back-over
    • Noise
  • Industry
    • Moving equipment
    • Hot equipment
    • Hazardous chemicals
    • Electricity
    • Heat
    • Noise
  • Agriculture
    • Machinery
    • Struck-by
    • Falls
    • Electricity
    • Confined space
    • Hazardous chemicals
    • Organic dust (e.g., grain)
    • Heat

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