Safety and health at work

Learning Forum and Validation Workshop for Youth Organizations on Safety and Health at Work

Youth organizations joined a learning session to promote occupational safety and health among young workers and to build a culture of prevention under the ILO’s SafeYouth@Work Project, funded by the United States Department of Labor (US DOL)

Key officers of nine (9) youth organizations from all over the Philippines participated in a learning forum and validation workshop on the role of youth organizations in promoting occupational safety and health (OSH) of young workers. The learning forum was on held 5 to 6 May 2018 in Tagaytay City.

The forum was organized through the global project on OSH, Building a Generation of Safe and Healthy Workers or SafeYouth@Work Project, funded by the United States Department of Labor (US DOL). It was part of the project activities focused on assessing and improving the capacities of the youth organizations in championing OSH issues in different workplaces.

The first day of the forum featured a learning session on OSH and Young Workers. Youth organizations gained knowledge about OSH concepts and trends, enhanced their skills in identifying risks in different workplaces, and developed awareness on best practices in youth OSH advocacies. Young people further learned strategies to establish partnerships for a youth-led OSH advocacy.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), TAYO Foundation and Advancement of Youth for Occupational Safety and Health (AYOSH) brought their expertise and knowledge as project partners to guide young people and to pave a clear path towards promoting and advocating advocacy OSH among their peers, while forging linkages among development partners.

The second day of the forum focused on a validation session. Data from online survey and focus group discussions conducted in March and April 2018 were presented for comments and inputs. The validation further helped assess the capacity of selected youth organizations in advocating OSH among young workers.

Participants also shared their insights to enhance analysis of results and recommendations. They also provided comments on findings and recommendations to address challenges encountered by youth organizations on capacity for strategic engagement on OSH.

The SafeYouth@Work Project works at the national OSH system level to achieve its overall objective of improving working conditions of workers from 15 to 24 years old and to develop a culture of prevention. One the aims of the project is to improve capacities of government, employers and workers including young workers, to promote and to enforce compliance of OSH laws and regulations, particularly for young workers.

These activities are part of the #GenerationSafeandHealthy, a joint 2018 global campaign for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay) and the World Day against Child Labour (WDACL).