We need safe and healthy workplaces for young people
To celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April and the World Day against Child Labour in June, the ILO is hosting the ‘Generation Safe and Healthy’ photo exhibition at its headquarters in Geneva – part of a campaign to keep young workers safe in the workplace and to end child labour.
The exhibition is part of a campaign that focuses on improving the safety and health of young workers and ending child labour. Globally, some 541 million young workers, which includes 37 million children in hazardous child labour, suffer up to a 40 per cent higher rate of non-fatal occupational injuries than workers aged 25 and above.
Young workers are more susceptible to harm from hazardous chemicals and other agents because they are still developing physically and mentally.
Preventing injuries and illnesses for all workers, including parents and young workers, is key to building healthy homes, ending child labour and improving the overall safety and health outlook for youth.
These photos are a small selection from the exhibition illustrating the working reality for young people of legal working age (15-24) in different parts of the world. It also puts a spotlight on younger children, below the minimum age for work, who should be withdrawn from all forms of child labour and ensured access to quality education.