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Young People and Work Experience. What's the big deal?. Tragically, some lose their lives and a few do not even survive their first day at work. One young person killed per month. Almost 4,500 young people are seriously injured or KILLED each year- 20% more than 5 years ago!!.
Young People and Work Experience What's the big deal? Tragically, some lose their lives and a few do not even survive their first day at work. One young person killed per month Almost 4,500 young people are seriously injured or KILLED each year- 20% more than 5 years ago!! Work injury rate For young people 18-24 is 50% higher Than for any other age group Other work diseases and conditions e.g.. Cancer develop slowly over time Tragically, some lose their lives and a few do not even survive their first day at work. So…Why are Young people vulnerable at work?
  • Lack of experience and awareness
  • Being unfamiliar with their surroundings
  • Being immature
  • Lack of training and skills
  • NB:Lack of training among <25s in UK has led to a higher accident rate in the age group compared with other European countries Case Study 1
  • 17 year old boy working in kitchen of restaurant
  • Slipped, tripped and immersed arm into a fryer full of hot oil
  • Severe burns to arm, parts of chest and neck WHY?
  • - Greasy floor
  • - Tripping hazards
  • - Unsuitable footwear
  • Case Study 2
  • A 17 year old working at a bakery during her student holidays lost part of her finger in a bakery machine. WHY? –
  • Faulty safety device
  • No proper training
  • Supervisor unaware she was using the machine
  • Hazards to look out for…
  • SLIPS AND TRIPS-Overcrowding, untidy workplace, spills, trailing cables, damaged floors etc
  • MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT-Poor maintenance, lack of training, fixing a machine without stopping/disconnecting it etc
  • LIFTING LOADS-In an awkward way, too heavy/unstable, aids such as trolleys not being provided
  • REPITITIVE, FAST WORK, ESPECIALLY IN AWKWARD POSTURES AND WITH INSUFFICIENT REST PERIODS-Factory assembly work, supermarket checkout work, using computer keyboards
  • NOISE-Noise levels that are too high can damage your hearing and you will probably not be aware of it. The damage can never be repaired
  • CHEMICALS-including common cleaning fluids, paints, hairdressing products and dust. Disfiguring allergic skin rashes, chronic asthma, cancers, birth defects, liver and nerve damage
  • STRESS-Bullying, impossible workloads, unclear responsibilities, pressure
  • VIOLENCE-Verbal abuse, physical assaults
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT-Heat, cold, poor lighting etc
  • SPREAD OF INFECTION –hairdressing, catering, child care
  • Important stuff…
  • Health and safety is not just a load of boring rules
  • It is about keeping you safe and healthy to protect your future health so you can enjoy life to the full
  • As well as being safe yourself, you must know how to work without putting those you work with at risk
  • Therefore you must know about:
  • Health and safety at work
  • What your employer must do to protect you
  • What you should do and what your rights are
  • YOUR Boss is Responsible for YOUR safety
  • By Law you must be kept safe in your workplace
  • Look for dangers and protect you against them
  • Provide work within your capability and provide supervision
  • Training and instruction (work equipment etc)
  • Extra protection if you are under 18: You can not do work that:
  • Is beyond your capability
  • Exposes you to toxic substances
  • Exposes you to harmful radiation
  • Involves health risks from extreme temperatures, noise or vibration
  • Could cause accidents because you lack experience, training or attention to safety
  • YOUR responsibilities as an employee:
  • Take reasonable care of your own and others’ health and safety
  • Keep to company rule/safety procedures
  • Report accidents or hazards which could lead to injury/damage
  • Not interfere with anything provided to protect their health and safety
  • Use personal protective equipment provided
  • Tips on how to work safely
  • Don’t perform tasks unless properly trained
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for more training
  • Don’t ignore early signs of problems e.g.. Headaches, aches, pains, dizziness, itchy skin, irritated eyes etc
  • Don’t leave your work area unless told to do so as other areas may have special hazards you don’t know about e.g.. Toxic chemicals, slippery floors, over hanging power lines
  • Report any accidents to your supervisor immediately and to your worker safety Representative if you have one
  • If unsure, ask someone for help
  • If you feel you have been getting too much information too fast, ask your supervisor to slow down and repeat the instructions
  • Find out what to do in an emergency situation
  • Follow advice and instructions you have been given
  • QUIZ… B. D. A. C. F. E. G. H. Useful websites:
  • www.newtownabbey.gov.uk
  • www.hse.gov.uk (hseni also)
  • www.wiseuptowork.co.uk
  • www.safelearner.info
  • www.2young 2die.
  • www.worksmart.org.uk
  • www.youngworker.co.uk/rospa
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