Just remember younger workers bring unique and often substantial risks for work-related injuries and illnesses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers an abundance of helpful advice and tips. Here are four:
- Make sure young employees are properly equipped and trained, especially when they may be exposed to hazardous materials or conditions.
- Take a second (and third) look at your work site to find and eliminate hazards.
- Remember young workers are not just "little adults." They are inexperienced and not yet fully developed physically, cognitively, or emotionally. They may hesitate to voice questions. Be mindful of the unique nature of youths when communicating proper procedures, and verify that the young workers understand them.
- Implement a mentoring or buddy system, where an adult or experienced young worker helps answer questions and teach the new employee the ropes.
Despite your best efforts, injuries may occur. Be sure your insurance program provides the proper protection for all of your workers, including younger ones. Request a coverage review from our talented professionals today.
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