SafeYouth@Work Action Plan


21st century youth have a critical role to play in building the Future of Work, including by securing their rights to occupational safety and health. To build a more promising future, youth need to collaborate with each other and with adults - on their own terms - to address the challenges of reducing workplace injuries and illnesses.

Stronger youth engagement is essential to meet the shifting challenges of globalization, and should therefore be a priority for policy makers, the social partners and all members of civil society. Public institutions must be prepared to support youth in meeting the challenge of determining their future, by providing them with the resources and the civic space they need.

The ILO SafeYouth@Work Action Plan is an important opportunity for youth, the tripartite constituents and civil society to work together to meet this challenge. The XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work for the first time provided a platform for 125 youth from around the world to engage directly with international OSH experts. This was an opportunity to make their case for safer and healthier working conditions and to propose youth-oriented approaches to achieve this objective. The SafeYouth@Work Action Plan seeks to further innovate ways to reduce the high incidence rate of injuries to young workers and lay the foundation for a culture of prevention on OSH. These solutions will directly connect with youth and will resonate at the same time with a broader OSH community to get all key actors involved in securing a safer and healthier Future of Work.

The SafeYouth@Work Action Plan

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 8.8 – Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment – presents an important opportunity to engage youth as a critical constituency. The SDGs also provide a platform from which young women and men can contribute to sounder OSH policy and more effective and sustainable interventions.

The Declaration of Philadelphia provides the International Labour Organization (ILO) with the obligation to further among the nations of the world programmes which will achieve adequate protection for the life and health of all workers in all occupations. The ILO pursues these commitments within the framework of the main ILO OSH Conventions and Recommendations.

Through their engagement on workplace safety and health at the SafeYouth@Work Congress, 125 young workers, employers, Government officials and students gained the knowledge and skills to strengthen their understanding and awareness of their workplace safety rights. The SafeYouth@Work Congress also enhanced important life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

Through these sharpened skills, exposure to OSH concepts, networking opportunities with global OSH experts, and collective action, the SafeYouth@Work Congress encouraged young persons to join together in achieving safer and healthier workplaces.

Key Actors and Critical Areas

Concrete steps under the SafeYouth@Work Action Plan will involve various key actors essential to driving sustainable reductions in youth OSH vulnerability. These actors include:

  • governments;
  • workers’ organizations;
  • employers’ organizations;
  • youth;
  • youth organizations.

For each actor the SafeYouth@Work Action Plan will identify concrete steps to drive change on OSH for youth across five areas of critical concern:

  • Research – research activities to enhance OSH knowledge and build a platform for evidence-based engagement by and with youth;
  • Education – education and training to foster work attitudes and knowledge that fully integrate safety and health for old and young workers and employers alike;
  • Compliance – OSH compliance policy to meaningfully address (young) worker and employer behaviour and drive efficient resource allocation;
  • Advocacy – advocacy initiatives to drive attitudinal change on the importance of protecting young persons on the job; and
  • Networks – building and leveraging networks and platforms to promote the exchange of knowledge and drive a culture of prevention.


Comment by Dorota Pięta |

Those, who don’t have enough competitions and would like to try their hand at photography as well as other multimedia production. Those who still wonder: What will the work look like in the near future? What does safe work mean in modern world? What threatens us at work the most? – Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute in Poland invites to take part in a new film and photography contest “Signs of Work”.

If you would like to tell us your own story about the work and are interested in film, photography, social campaigns, advertisement, storytelling, photo and video blogs or combination of different forms – share with us your work of art. You can choose one of the proposed topics:
1. Robots, machines, artificial intelligence
2. In the net
3. Teleworking, flexible hours, remote work
4. Work time and leisure time
5. Manufacturing chain
6. Workstation
7. Slashies
8. e-volunteering, e-work
9. You cannot turn back the clock
10. How was work protected?
Or also create a topic of you own.
Applications can be submitted until 14th October 2017.
Some inspirational photographs and more information:

Comment by Tyas Amalia |

Group B

Our group proposes the idea of creating "Long March" event which requires the participants to do a long-distance walk. During the event, the participants are expected to do walking activity along with sort of demonstration atmosphere in order to represent the occupational safety and health principles that should be applied to the workers & employers. The long march participants consist of the employee, employers, trade union and students. The participants will wear the safety working equipment while they walk. The purpose is to raise people awareness and educate them visually and verbally by showing them which safety working equipment that should be used in the specific work field.

The long march event will be divided into 2 main events that will be held at the end of the event:

1. Employer declaration to implement Occupational safety and health principals to their employee.
2. Video and Picture (Animation) exhibition about the illustration of how to implement Occupational Safety and Health. For instance, there will be a video on how to use the safety working equipment according to the standard regulation. These videos and pictures can be freely downloaded by the employer or even the employee through the Ministry of Manpower website.

This event will be held on April 28th, 2018 at the same time with The World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

This event is fully supported by ILO, Indonesia Government, and various sponsorships.

Reply by SafeYouth@Work

This input was elaborated at a follow-up workshop on 26 September 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Participants included the tripartite constituents and 8 youth champions that had participated in the SafeYouth@Work Congress in Singapore.

Comment by Resta Nirmala Koto |

Group Work Discussion Summary in Group A
Our team discussion consists of MoM representatives, Local Initiative for OSH Network (LION Indonesia) representative, Labour Union Act of Indonesia (SPSI) representative and facilitated by Youth Champions. Based on our group discussion, together we have several concrete actions to promote OSH for young workers, especially in the construction sector. We have divided the real actions into long-term and short-term actions. Below the list :
Long-term Actions :
1. We are urged ILO Jakarta(Mrs.Michiko) to continue supporting the Youth Champions from Indonesia to become the OSH Ambassador for Indonesia by convincing the Minister of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia. So, the Minister can fully support the role of Youth Champions as OSH Ambassador for Indonesia by January at the National Occupational Safety and Health Month.
2. We strongly encourage the MoM of Republic of Indonesia to collaborate with Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education and academic institutions to held Youth4OSH Roadshow “OSH Goes to Campus” and “OSH Goes to School” with Indonesia Youth Champions as the volunteers.
3. We also encourage company participants of the UN Global Compact from Indonesia to create an awarding event especially to their young worker who makes a contribution to promoting a culture of prevention in their company.
4. We also encourage youth to establish a youth social community that concern about Youth4OSH issue. This social community can be consists of various stakeholders. For example, young employees, young workers, students, trade unions etc.
5. We also encourage the Government of Indonesia to create an annual SafeYouth@Work Congress in national level. So that youth in Indonesia can learn more about issues related to Youth4OSH.
Short-term Actions :
1. We strongly encourage MoM of Republic of Indonesia and OSH stakeholders collaborating with creative media worker or social media influencer by using any kind of social media platform to spread the key message of OSH, especially in the construction sector. For example, creating a pop-up advertisement on Facebook with the hierarchy of OSH as the content, creating an OSH web series through YouTube Channel, giving daily OSH tips through Line Ads etc. Based on Ministry of Communication data, Indonesia has 63 million internet user. This includes any kind of social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.
2. We also encourage government and OSH stakeholders to create a series of Coffee Talk and OSH Sharing event as a place for the young worker to effectively understand OSH issues and raise young worker awareness of creating a safer workplace.
In short, MoM can lead the tripartite process to improve the OSH protection of young workers in construction at sectoral and all workplace levels with all these concrete strategies.

Reply by SafeYouth@Work

This input was elaborated at a follow-up workshop on 26 September 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Participants included the tripartite constituents and 8 youth champions that had participated in the SafeYouth@Work Congress in Singapore.

Comment by Kadiri Shamusideen |

Our group focus is mainstreaming of OSH into education, our plan include development of safety curricular into educational system at all level. especially Vocational education and higher education. Capacity development of teacher on Risk education. These interventions will provide entry level knowledge of OSH to the target audience as they transit to world of work.

Comment by Dave Magee |

Hi Everyone,
OSH is a non-profit, educational social enterprise. We are from Ireland and a member of ENETOSH (European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health). ENETOSH comprises nearly 90 different institutional members from over 35 different countries. There are also affiliate organisations from different continents. Its main aim is to have OSH integrated into school curriculums.
OSH literacy is run voluntarily by teachers and OSH professionals, for teachers. It has projects in Asia, the Middle-East and Europe. We work with schools and other stakeholders. We train teachers and trainers with no prior OSH experience, on how to devise, develop, deliver and assess inclusive and effective OSH training. We are also a registered, accredited training centre so the courses we offer, including trainer and OSH, are all internationally accredited and a good CPD incentive for teachers to participate. Whenever possible, we strive to offer all our courses, certificates and services free of charge.
We are always looking for partners to work with. We share the same aims as ENETOSH to integrate OSH into mainstream education. So, as part of the Safe-Youth Campaign, if any schools, colleges, NGOs or training centres would like to get staff trained to deliver OSH training for free, please drop me an email and perhaps we can develop a Safe-Youth at Work Project together.
Dave Magee

Comment by Dave Magee |

As a teacher and trainer, my suggestion is for the ILO SafeYouth@Work Action Plan to adopt, or at least raise awareness of, the ENETOSH Standards of Competencies (for OSH trainers, teachers and practitioners) as a basic foundation from which everyone can agree to proceed from.
The ILO SafeYouth@Work Action Plan should promote an awareness of these highly regarded international standards to organisations such as: governments, youth organisations, workers organizations, employers organisations, NGOs and other stakeholders. The standards can also be used as a foundation to positively influence and be a driver for change in the 5 identified areas of critical concern: Research, Education, Compliance, Advocacy and Networks.
The ENETOSH Standards are comprehensive. They ensure that young people are given the key skills to engage and be pro-active in their learning. They have been developed, and endorsed, over a number of years, by professionals and are mapped onto the European Qualifications Framework.
ENETOSH is a large and internationally respected organisation with nearly 90 institutional members from 35 different countries.
Instead of ‘reinventing the wheel’, why not save a lot of time, money and effort from the start and seek an international consensus, or at least a discussion, to adopt these pre-existing standards as a model of best practice when helping young people safely and successfully transition from education to employment.
The issue of safety at work for youth is very important. We know that the most critical time is within their first six months of employment and/or training. Therefore, it is imperative that they are empowered to make the right decisions and given the highest level of professional OSH training as possible. This can only be achieved if there are an accepted set of international professional standards.
This project is vast in its scope. We all have a duty of care to act expediently, properly and professionally. By adopting or raising awareness of the ENETOSH Standards we can ensure that everyone is starting from the same place and moving, or stepping, in the same direction to achieve our shared goals.
The ENETOSH Standard of Competencies are freely available to read and download and are available in a number of languages.

Comment by Nick Ngatia |

Hi everyone,
My suggestion for the ILO SafeYouth@Work action plan is give each of the Youth Champions a professional email address that they can use for all communications related to their work on OSH. As a local pathways fellow, I have seen how a professional email increases the chances of stakeholders taking me seriously when I initiate conversations with them on a particular topic. This definitely set's a person apart from many other busy-bodies especially in the civil society space. A professional e-mail will also increase the confidence of stakeholders in the youth champions when they initiate formal correspondences and when they claim to be youth champions involved in OSH for young workers. In addition to these obvious benefits to the youth champions, it will also give the ILO a back-end access to the efforts that each Youth champion is making either at a personal level or on behalf of the organization they represent because they can monitor all communication effected through the email address.

So, my suggestion is: The ILO SafeYouth@Work team creates a customized email address for each of the youth champions. My suggestion would be or

That's my two cents and I hope that it's helpful. Thank you!

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