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  • Young workers are more susceptible to harm from hazardous chemicals and other agents because they are still developing physically and mentally.
    Maxime Fossat / ILO
  • Children below the minimum age for admission to employment or work should be withdrawn from child labour and ensured access to quality education.
    Marcel Crozet / ILO
  • The construction sector accounts for an increasing number of young workers in developing and emerging regions around the world.
    Maxime Fossat / ILO
  • Bridge building: Hazards including the risk of falls, exposure to dust or being struck by heavy objects make it unsuitable work for all persons under the age of 18.
    Maxime Fossat / ILO
  • Impaired growth and musculoskeletal disorders are among the occupational safety and health risks for young workers carrying out
    repetitive manual tasks.
    Maxime Fossat / ILO
  • Public works site: Limited job training and experience regarding safety and health hazards make young workers more at risk of workplace accidents.
    Maxime Fossat / ILO
  • Large numbers of young people perform hazardous work in the informal sector with no training or supervision.
    Maxime Fossat / ILO
  • Young people are less aware of risk. Using dangerous machinery ishazardous work and should be banned for all persons under the age of 18.
    Marcel Crozet / ILO
  • Paper recycling plant: Dust and mould are common hazards which can adversely affect young workers.
    Maxime Fossat / ILO
  • Girls and young women in agricultural work are particularly at risk of violence and sexual harassment.
    Maxime Fossat / ILO
  • Risk of injury, including falls from height, is four times greater for new workers during the first month on the job.
    Maxime Fossat / ILO
  • Youth champions: Engaging young safety and health specialists can help ensure young workers are aware and informed about safe work conditions.

    Maxime Fossat / ILO
  • 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.

    Maxime Fossat / ILO

SafeYouth@Work Project: Building a Generation of Safe and Healthy Workers

  • SafeYouth@Work tripartite results and sustainability workshop

    The workshop was conducted to facilitate an in-depth analysis on Project outcomes and impact and generate recommendations on how to incorporate lessons from the project into initiatives for improvement of OSH national systems and future projects.

  • Improving OSH for Young Workers: A Self-Training Package

    SafeYouth@Work has prepared this self-training package in order to strengthen the capacity of governments, employers, workers (including young workers) and their organizations to improve OSH management for young workers through the assessment and implementation of strategies and actions through national OSH systems.

  • 18 -22 March 2019

    Strategies to ensure OSH for young workers course

    The overall objective of this course is to strengthen the capacity of the main stakeholders to plan, develop and manage efforts to improve national OSH systems so that they can effectively protect young workers.

  • Safety and health at work: Why are youth at risk?

    Explore this InfoStory to learn more about occupational safety and health for young people.

  • SafeYouth@Work Action Plan

    The SafeYouth@Work Action Plan aims at improving safety and health for young workers, by proposing key actions that should be considered by Governments, employers and employers’ organizations, workers’ and workers’ organizations, and young people and youth organizations.

  • Generation Safe and Healthy!

    This year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay) and the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) are coming together in a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.

  • SafeYouth@Work Congress

    The SafeYouth@Work Congress (2-6 September 2017) brought together 125 young employers, workers, unionists and students at the XXI World Congress for Safety and Health at Work to build a global network of young champions for occupational safety and health.

  • SafeYouth@Work Media Competition

    Debut SafeYouth@Work Media Competition launched in 2017 showcasing global youth voices on what safety and health means to them - more than 130 entries from some 20 countries.

Every day, approximately 7,600 people die from occupational accidents or diseases and some one million people are injured on the job. Younger workers suffer the highest rate of work-related injuries, due to a lack of awareness of safety rules and worker rights, limited job skills and work experience, a lack of training in job tasks, hazard prevention or avoiding exposure to harmful agents, long working hours and unsuitable job assignments.

The ILO SafeYouth@Work project aimed to promote the occupational safety and health (OSH) of young workers, with a focus on those aged 15 to 24. SafeYouth@Work operated at a national systems level to build a sustainable and prevention-focused OSH culture. The US Department of Labor-funded project is a cornerstone of the ILO’s Safety + Health for All Flagship Programme.

The project aimed to improve performance in four strategic areas: OSH Data and Information including reporting of occupational accidents and diseases, OSH Law and Policy, OSH Capacity and OSH Knowledge and Awareness. 


Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-26690-14-75-K-11. One hundred percent of the total costs of the project or program is financed with Federal funds, for a total of 11,443,156 dollars.This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.