PLAN DE ACCIÓN DEL PROYECTO SAFEYOUTH@WORK

 

Los jóvenes del siglo XXI tienen un papel decisivo que desempeñar en la construcción del futuro del trabajo, en particular afianzando sus derechos a la seguridad y la salud en el trabajo (SST). Para crear un mañana más prometedor, los jóvenes deben colaborar entre sí y, siguiendo sus propias condiciones, también con los adultos, a fin de responder satisfactoriamente al reto de reducir las lesiones y enfermedades en el lugar de trabajo.

Con miras a hacer frente a los desafíos cambiantes que acarrea la globalización, es esencial que la participación de los jóvenes aumente, por lo que esta cuestión debería ser una prioridad para los responsables de la formulación de políticas, los interlocutores sociales y todos los miembros de la sociedad civil. Asimismo, las instituciones públicas deben estar preparadas para ayudar a los jóvenes a encarar el reto de determinar su futuro, proporcionándoles los recursos y el espacio cívico que necesiten.

El plan de acción del proyecto SafeYouth@Work de la OIT constituye una buena oportunidad para que los jóvenes, los mandantes tripartitos y la sociedad civil trabajen juntos en este sentido. El XXI Congreso Mundial sobre Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo proporcionó por primera vez una plataforma a través de la cual 125 jóvenes de todo el mundo pudieron interactuar directamente con expertos internacionales en SST. Esta iniciativa permitió exponer argumentos a favor de la creación de condiciones de trabajo más seguras y saludables, y proponer enfoques orientados a los jóvenes a fin de alcanzar este objetivo. El plan de acción pretende seguir buscando nuevas formas de reducir la elevada tasa de incidencia de las lesiones de los trabajadores jóvenes y sentar las bases para elaborar una cultura de prevención en el ámbito de la SST. Estas soluciones se aplicarán directamente a la condición de los jóvenes y tendrán al mismo tiempo eco en una comunidad relacionada con la SST más amplia, de modo que todos los actores principales participen en el logro de un futuro del trabajo más seguro y saludable.

PLAN DE ACCIÓN DEL PROYECTO SAFEYOUTH@WORK

La meta 8.8 de los Objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) establecidos en la Agenda 2030, “proteger los derechos laborales y promover un entorno de trabajo seguro y protegido para todos los trabajadores, incluidos los trabajadores migrantes, en particular las mujeres migrantes y las personas con empleos precarios”, brinda una buena oportunidad para que los jóvenes participen como un segmento laboral importante. Además, los ODS aportan una plataforma desde la cual las mujeres y los hombres jóvenes pueden contribuir al establecimiento de una política más sólida y a la puesta en marcha de iniciativas más eficaces y sostenibles en materia de SST.

La Declaración de Filadelfia confiere a la Organización Internacional del Trabajo la obligación de fomentar, entre todas las naciones del mundo, programas que permitan proteger adecuadamente la vida y la salud de los trabajadores en todas las ocupaciones. La OIT cumple estos compromisos en el marco de sus principales convenios y recomendaciones en materia de SST.

Gracias a su participación en las actividades relativas a la seguridad y la salud en el lugar de trabajo que tuvieron lugar durante el Congreso SafeYouth@Work, 125 jóvenes trabajadores, empleadores, funcionarios gubernamentales y estudiantes obtuvieron conocimientos y competencias profesionales que reforzaron su comprensión y concienciación con respecto a sus derechos en materia de seguridad en el lugar de trabajo. Este Congreso les permitió también perfeccionar competencias que revisten importancia en la vida cotidiana, como la resolución de problemas, el pensamiento crítico y las dotes interpersonales.

A través del perfeccionamiento de estas competencias, la exposición a conceptos relativos a la SST, la oportunidad de establecer contactos con expertos mundiales en SST y la acción colectiva, el Congreso SafeYouth@Work alentó a los jóvenes a unir sus esfuerzos para lograr que existan lugares de trabajo más seguros y saludables.

ACTORES Y ÁMBITOS PRINCIPALES

En las acciones concretas que se adoptarán en el marco del plan de acción del proyecto SafeYouth@Work participarán diversos actores, cuya función será decisiva para reducir de forma sostenible la vulnerabilidad de los jóvenes con respecto a la SST. Se trata de:
• gobiernos;
• organizaciones de trabajadores;
• organizaciones de empleadores;
• jóvenes, y
• organizaciones juveniles.

Así, pues, el plan de acción determinará, con respecto a cada uno de estos actores, las acciones concretas que generarán cambios en la situación de la SST de los jóvenes, en cinco ámbitos clave:

• investigación – actividades de investigación para incrementar los conocimientos en materia de SST y construcción de una plataforma que permita la participación de/con los jóvenes basada en información fidedigna;
• educación – educación y capacitación para promover actitudes y conocimientos de índole laboral que integren por completo y por igual la seguridad y la salud de los trabajadores mayores y jóvenes, y de los empleadores;
• cumplimiento – política de cumplimiento en materia de SST para abordar de forma efectiva el comportamiento de los trabajadores (jóvenes) y de los empleadores, y establecer la asignación de recursos adecuada;
• sensibilización – iniciativas de sensibilización para impulsar un cambio de actitud en cuanto a la importancia de proteger a las personas jóvenes en el trabajo, y
• redes – creación e intensificación de redes y plataformas para fomentar el intercambio de conocimientos y alentar una cultura de prevención.

Comentado por Dorota Pięta |

Hello!
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: https://goo.gl/tKt4Aq

Comentado por 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.

Respuesta por 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.

Comentado por 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.

Respuesta por 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.

Comentado por 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.

Comentado por Dave Magee |

Hi Everyone,
OSH literacy.org 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.
Yours,
Dave Magee

Comentado por 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. www.enetosh.net

Comentado por 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 example@safeyouth.org or example@safeyouthatwork.org.

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

Comentado por Lester Claravall |

Dear SafeYouth@Work Action Plan Committee,

Thank you for allowing the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) the opportunity to share contributions to improving OSH for young workers. ODOL is a state government agency responsible for protecting young workers against workplace abuse, exploitation, endangerment, and hazardous jobs. ODOL works with national and state partners to enhance its young worker safety educational outreach activities and child labor law enforcement to keep youth workers safe. Teen worker safety is everyone’s responsibility and ODOL has taken the following steps to interrelate the world of work, the world of education, and the world of community together to protect the nation’s youngest workforce. Below is a summary of how Oklahoma has become a national model on several OSH-related endeavors now being followed by other states across the country.

CURRICULUM POLICY
Curriculum policy is a very important part of the OSH process when it comes to government and education. Institutionalizing and integrating workplace safety training into the schools and having a sustainable curriculum policy in place is what will help change the youth culture to one of injury prevention. Oklahoma set the standard when it comes to curriculum policy and became the first state in the United States to pass the nation’s very first ‘mainstreaming OSH into education’ law. The law (Oklahoma Senate Bill 262) was signed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on April 2015. This law now requires the state labor department and the state education department to collaborate and provide workplace safety training to all students in grades seventh through twelfth. By teaching students about the core competencies of workplace safety in the classroom, they will enter into the workforce with the mindset of staying safe on the job.

Other states have since followed Oklahoma’s lead when it comes to curriculum policy. In June 2017, Texas became the second state in the nation to pass a similar ‘mainstreaming OSH into education’ law like Oklahoma. Two other states, Arkansas and California, are in the process of pushing legislation following Oklahoma’s lead. Several national organizations including a national workers comp network started taking notice in what Oklahoma was doing because workplace safety training in the school system will eventually lead to reduced injuries among teens and lowered workers comp costs which will in turn lead to a state’s economic development.

The Oklahoma success of the nation’s first-ever mainstreaming OSH into education law has been presented nationally at the National Safety Council Congress, ACTE National Convention, and ILSA National Conference. Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 262 was also shared internationally at the World Congress (Singapore) and with ENETOSH.

CORE COMPETENCIES ASSESSMENT
Measuring how well students retain and put into practice the core competencies of workplace safety from classroom into workplace is key to improving OSH for young workers. ODOL partnered with NIOSH and NOCTI to pilot a study to be used as a model nationally. The NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety curriculum and the NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment was pilot tested in Oklahoma to determine whether the curriculum and the assessment was effective. The pilot study was a huge success and the Oklahoma model is now in place for other states to follow. To date, ODOL has trained more than 200 teachers and has facilitated hundreds of presentations to educate students about youth employment safety. After students go through the workplace safety training, they are eligible to go online and take the NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment. If the student passes with a 74 percent score, the student earns a digital badge that would show their employer that they have an understanding of the core competencies of workplace safety. The NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment is now available to any student across the United States thanks to ODOL.

WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH
Improving OSH for young workers is achievable through the Whole School Approach. The Whole-School Approach, something ODOL learned about through ENETOSH, is another way to change the youth culture to one of injury prevention. Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to integrate the Whole School Approach to teach workplace safety from pre-K through twelfth grade. The school district in Latta Oklahoma (Latta Public School / Latta DECA Marketing) is the very first school district in the nation to use a workplace safety curriculum to reach and teach elementary students in the earlier grades. Such educational methods being used include a workplace safety coloring book, safety rallies, safety mascots (Bushy the Safety Squirrel and Monkey Wrench), and educational videos. This model is currently being shared with other schools and fellow educators to follow Oklahoma’s lead.

PEER-TO-PEER PROJECT VIA TEEN WORKER SAFETY VIDEOS
To promote peer-to-peer projects, another area that is effective when it comes to improving OSH for young workers, ODOL in partnership with the Oklahoma Safety Council and industry prize sponsors, organized a statewide video contest for teens called Speak Out for Workplace Safety. Through this video competition, more than 700 schools teach students about workplace safety. The students then take what they learned and put together a public safety announcement that will teach their peers about safety on the job. The winning videos are showcased at the State Capitol before the lawmakers, educators, industry leaders, community advocates, government officials, media friends, young workers, and parents. This event takes place during the state’s “Speak Out for Workplace Safety’ Week as proclaimed by the Governor. Throughout the year, the first place winning video is used as an educational tool to educate teenagers about young worker safety. Peers teaching peers has been a success in Oklahoma.

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT GAME IN THE CLASSROOM
Another contribution being used to improve OSH for young workers and change the youth culture to one of injury prevention is Oklahoma’s national award-winning interactive and fun activity called Paying Attention Pays, a youth employment game that teaches students about the youth employment laws and young worker safety. To date, the Paying Attention Pays game has been facilitated in more than 100 schools reaching more than 200,000 students. The Paying Attention Pays game is currently being facilitated in two states – Oklahoma and North Carolina, reaching thousands of students annually.

PARTNERSHIPS
Maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders is yet another way to improve OSH for young workers. ODOL is partnered with the restaurant association, grocers association, municipal league, tribal nations, bar association, human trafficking task force, and safety council. ODOL is also partnered with key federal and state agencies including NIOSH, USDOL, ILSA, state education department, career tech, Workforce, and OSHA. Working together with others and sharing the same goals gets more accomplished when everyone works together as a team. Presentations at schools, colleges, employer groups, professional development, and conferences are equally important and is a great opportunity to reach out and teach the public about young worker safety.

MEDIA
Media relations is yet another way ODOL has improved OSH for young workers. ODOL was able to circulate a young worker safety article through the Associated Press which went viral in television and print news. In addition, ODOL has worked with numerous newspapers including The New York Times and The Atlantic on news articles related to youth employment safety. In addition, ODOL has worked on getting television news stories and interviews on the NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliates to reach a greater audience. Working with local newspapers was another way ODOL reached out to local communities in efforts to keep young workers safe.

Best,
Lester Claravall
Child Labor Program Administrator
Oklahoma Department of Labor
405-521-6591
lester.claravall@labor.ok.gov

Comentado por Lester Claravall |

Dear SafeYouth@Work Action Plan Committee,

Thank you for allowing the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) the opportunity to share contributions to improving OSH for young workers. ODOL is a state government agency responsible for protecting young workers against workplace abuse, exploitation, endangerment, and hazardous jobs. ODOL works with national and state partners to enhance its young worker safety educational outreach activities and child labor law enforcement to keep youth workers safe. Teen worker safety is everyone’s responsibility and ODOL has taken the following steps to interrelate the world of work, the world of education, and the world of community together to protect the nation’s youngest workforce. Below is a summary of how Oklahoma has become a national model on several OSH-related endeavors now being followed by other states across the country.

CURRICULUM POLICY
Curriculum policy is a very important part of the OSH process when it comes to government and education. Institutionalizing and integrating workplace safety training into the schools and having a sustainable curriculum policy in place is what will help change the youth culture to one of injury prevention. Oklahoma set the standard when it comes to curriculum policy and became the first state in the United States to pass the nation’s very first ‘mainstreaming OSH into education’ law. The law (Oklahoma Senate Bill 262) was signed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on April 2015. This law now requires the state labor department and the state education department to collaborate and provide workplace safety training to all students in grades seventh through twelfth. By teaching students about the core competencies of workplace safety in the classroom, they will enter into the workforce with the mindset of staying safe on the job.

Other states have since followed Oklahoma’s lead when it comes to curriculum policy. In June 2017, Texas became the second state in the nation to pass a similar ‘mainstreaming OSH into education’ law like Oklahoma. Two other states, Arkansas and California, are in the process of pushing legislation following Oklahoma’s lead. Several national organizations including a national workers comp network started taking notice in what Oklahoma was doing because workplace safety training in the school system will eventually lead to reduced injuries among teens and lowered workers comp costs which will in turn lead to a state’s economic development.

The Oklahoma success of the nation’s first-ever mainstreaming OSH into education law has been presented nationally at the National Safety Council Congress, ACTE National Convention, and ILSA National Conference. Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 262 was also shared internationally at the World Congress (Singapore) and with ENETOSH.

CORE COMPETENCIES ASSESSMENT
Measuring how well students retain and put into practice the core competencies of workplace safety from classroom into workplace is key to improving OSH for young workers. ODOL partnered with NIOSH and NOCTI to pilot a study to be used as a model nationally. The NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety curriculum and the NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment was pilot tested in Oklahoma to determine whether the curriculum and the assessment was effective. The pilot study was a huge success and the Oklahoma model is now in place for other states to follow. To date, ODOL has trained more than 200 teachers and has facilitated hundreds of presentations to educate students about youth employment safety. After students go through the workplace safety training, they are eligible to go online and take the NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment. If the student passes with a 74 percent score, the student earns a digital badge that would show their employer that they have an understanding of the core competencies of workplace safety. The NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment is now available to any student across the United States thanks to ODOL.

WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH
Improving OSH for young workers is achievable through the Whole School Approach. The Whole-School Approach, something ODOL learned about through ENETOSH, is another way to change the youth culture to one of injury prevention. Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to integrate the Whole School Approach to teach workplace safety from pre-K through twelfth grade. The school district in Latta Oklahoma (Latta Public School / Latta DECA Marketing) is the very first school district in the nation to use a workplace safety curriculum to reach and teach elementary students in the earlier grades. Such educational methods being used include a workplace safety coloring book, safety rallies, safety mascots (Bushy the Safety Squirrel and Monkey Wrench), and educational videos. This model is currently being shared with other schools and fellow educators to follow Oklahoma’s lead.

PEER-TO-PEER PROJECT VIA TEEN WORKER SAFETY VIDEOS
To promote peer-to-peer projects, another area that is effective when it comes to improving OSH for young workers, ODOL in partnership with the Oklahoma Safety Council and industry prize sponsors, organized a statewide video contest for teens called Speak Out for Workplace Safety. Through this video competition, more than 700 schools teach students about workplace safety. The students then take what they learned and put together a public safety announcement that will teach their peers about safety on the job. The winning videos are showcased at the State Capitol before the lawmakers, educators, industry leaders, community advocates, government officials, media friends, young workers, and parents. This event takes place during the state’s “Speak Out for Workplace Safety’ Week as proclaimed by the Governor. Throughout the year, the first place winning video is used as an educational tool to educate teenagers about young worker safety. Peers teaching peers has been a success in Oklahoma.

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT GAME IN THE CLASSROOM
Another contribution being used to improve OSH for young workers and change the youth culture to one of injury prevention is Oklahoma’s national award-winning interactive and fun activity called Paying Attention Pays, a youth employment game that teaches students about the youth employment laws and young worker safety. To date, the Paying Attention Pays game has been facilitated in more than 100 schools reaching more than 200,000 students. The Paying Attention Pays game is currently being facilitated in two states – Oklahoma and North Carolina, reaching thousands of students annually.

PARTNERSHIPS
Maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders is yet another way to improve OSH for young workers. ODOL is partnered with the restaurant association, grocers association, municipal league, tribal nations, bar association, human trafficking task force, and safety council. ODOL is also partnered with key federal and state agencies including NIOSH, USDOL, ILSA, state education department, career tech, Workforce, and OSHA. Working together with others and sharing the same goals gets more accomplished when everyone works together as a team. Presentations at schools, colleges, employer groups, professional development, and conferences are equally important and is a great opportunity to reach out and teach the public about young worker safety.

MEDIA
Media relations is yet another way ODOL has improved OSH for young workers. ODOL was able to circulate a young worker safety article through the Associated Press which went viral in television and print news. In addition, ODOL has worked with numerous newspapers including The New York Times and The Atlantic on news articles related to youth employment safety. In addition, ODOL has worked on getting television news stories and interviews on the NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliates to reach a greater audience. Working with local newspapers was another way ODOL reached out to local communities in efforts to keep young workers safe.

Best,
Lester Claravall
Child Labor Program Administrator
Oklahoma Department of Labor
405-521-6591
lester.claravall@labor.ok.gov

Comentado por Lester Claravall |

Dear SafeYouth@Work Action Plan Committee,

Thank you for allowing the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) the opportunity to share contributions to improving OSH for young workers. ODOL is a state government agency responsible for protecting young workers against workplace abuse, exploitation, endangerment, and hazardous jobs. ODOL works with national and state partners to enhance its young worker safety educational outreach activities and child labor law enforcement to keep youth workers safe. Teen worker safety is everyone’s responsibility and ODOL has taken the following steps to interrelate the world of work, the world of education, and the world of community together to protect the nation’s youngest workforce. Below is a summary of how Oklahoma has become a national model on several OSH-related endeavors now being followed by other states across the country.

CURRICULUM POLICY
Curriculum policy is a very important part of the OSH process when it comes to government and education. Institutionalizing and integrating workplace safety training into the schools and having a sustainable curriculum policy in place is what will help change the youth culture to one of injury prevention. Oklahoma set the standard when it comes to curriculum policy and became the first state in the United States to pass the nation’s very first ‘mainstreaming OSH into education’ law. The law (Oklahoma Senate Bill 262) was signed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on April 2015. This law now requires the state labor department and the state education department to collaborate and provide workplace safety training to all students in grades seventh through twelfth. By teaching students about the core competencies of workplace safety in the classroom, they will enter into the workforce with the mindset of staying safe on the job.

Other states have since followed Oklahoma’s lead when it comes to curriculum policy. In June 2017, Texas became the second state in the nation to pass a similar ‘mainstreaming OSH into education’ law like Oklahoma. Two other states, Arkansas and California, are in the process of pushing legislation following Oklahoma’s lead. Several national organizations including a national workers comp network started taking notice in what Oklahoma was doing because workplace safety training in the school system will eventually lead to reduced injuries among teens and lowered workers comp costs which will in turn lead to a state’s economic development.

The Oklahoma success of the nation’s first-ever mainstreaming OSH into education law has been presented nationally at the National Safety Council Congress, ACTE National Convention, and ILSA National Conference. Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 262 was also shared internationally at the World Congress (Singapore) and with ENETOSH.

CORE COMPETENCIES ASSESSMENT
Measuring how well students retain and put into practice the core competencies of workplace safety from classroom into workplace is key to improving OSH for young workers. ODOL partnered with NIOSH and NOCTI to pilot a study to be used as a model nationally. The NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety curriculum and the NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment was pilot tested in Oklahoma to determine whether the curriculum and the assessment was effective. The pilot study was a huge success and the Oklahoma model is now in place for other states to follow. To date, ODOL has trained more than 200 teachers and has facilitated hundreds of presentations to educate students about youth employment safety. After students go through the workplace safety training, they are eligible to go online and take the NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment. If the student passes with a 74 percent score, the student earns a digital badge that would show their employer that they have an understanding of the core competencies of workplace safety. The NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment is now available to any student across the United States thanks to ODOL.

WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH
Improving OSH for young workers is achievable through the Whole School Approach. The Whole-School Approach, something ODOL learned about through ENETOSH, is another way to change the youth culture to one of injury prevention. Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to integrate the Whole School Approach to teach workplace safety from pre-K through twelfth grade. The school district in Latta Oklahoma (Latta Public School / Latta DECA Marketing) is the very first school district in the nation to use a workplace safety curriculum to reach and teach elementary students in the earlier grades. Such educational methods being used include a workplace safety coloring book, safety rallies, safety mascots (Bushy the Safety Squirrel and Monkey Wrench), and educational videos. This model is currently being shared with other schools and fellow educators to follow Oklahoma’s lead.

PEER-TO-PEER PROJECT VIA TEEN WORKER SAFETY VIDEOS
To promote peer-to-peer projects, another area that is effective when it comes to improving OSH for young workers, ODOL in partnership with the Oklahoma Safety Council and industry prize sponsors, organized a statewide video contest for teens called Speak Out for Workplace Safety. Through this video competition, more than 700 schools teach students about workplace safety. The students then take what they learned and put together a public safety announcement that will teach their peers about safety on the job. The winning videos are showcased at the State Capitol before the lawmakers, educators, industry leaders, community advocates, government officials, media friends, young workers, and parents. This event takes place during the state’s “Speak Out for Workplace Safety’ Week as proclaimed by the Governor. Throughout the year, the first place winning video is used as an educational tool to educate teenagers about young worker safety. Peers teaching peers has been a success in Oklahoma.

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT GAME IN THE CLASSROOM
Another contribution being used to improve OSH for young workers and change the youth culture to one of injury prevention is Oklahoma’s national award-winning interactive and fun activity called Paying Attention Pays, a youth employment game that teaches students about the youth employment laws and young worker safety. To date, the Paying Attention Pays game has been facilitated in more than 100 schools reaching more than 200,000 students. The Paying Attention Pays game is currently being facilitated in two states – Oklahoma and North Carolina, reaching thousands of students annually.

PARTNERSHIPS
Maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders is yet another way to improve OSH for young workers. ODOL is partnered with the restaurant association, grocers association, municipal league, tribal nations, bar association, human trafficking task force, and safety council. ODOL is also partnered with key federal and state agencies including NIOSH, USDOL, ILSA, state education department, career tech, Workforce, and OSHA. Working together with others and sharing the same goals gets more accomplished when everyone works together as a team. Presentations at schools, colleges, employer groups, professional development, and conferences are equally important and is a great opportunity to reach out and teach the public about young worker safety.

MEDIA
Media relations is yet another way ODOL has improved OSH for young workers. ODOL was able to circulate a young worker safety article through the Associated Press which went viral in television and print news. In addition, ODOL has worked with numerous newspapers including The New York Times and The Atlantic on news articles related to youth employment safety. In addition, ODOL has worked on getting television news stories and interviews on the NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliates to reach a greater audience. Working with local newspapers was another way ODOL reached out to local communities in efforts to keep young workers safe.

Best,
Lester Claravall
Child Labor Program Administrator
Oklahoma Department of Labor
405-521-6591
lester.claravall@labor.ok.gov

Comentado por Lester Claravall |

Dear SafeYouth@Work Action Plan Committee,

Thank you for allowing the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) the opportunity to share contributions to improving OSH for young workers. ODOL is a state government agency responsible for protecting young workers against workplace abuse, exploitation, endangerment, and hazardous jobs. ODOL works with national and state partners to enhance its young worker safety educational outreach activities and child labor law enforcement to keep youth workers safe. Teen worker safety is everyone’s responsibility and ODOL has taken the following steps to interrelate the world of work, the world of education, and the world of community together to protect the nation’s youngest workforce. Below is a summary of how Oklahoma has become a national model on several OSH-related endeavors now being followed by other states across the country.

CURRICULUM POLICY
Curriculum policy is a very important part of the OSH process when it comes to government and education. Institutionalizing and integrating workplace safety training into the schools and having a sustainable curriculum policy in place is what will help change the youth culture to one of injury prevention. Oklahoma set the standard when it comes to curriculum policy and became the first state in the United States to pass the nation’s very first ‘mainstreaming OSH into education’ law. The law (Oklahoma Senate Bill 262) was signed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on April 2015. This law now requires the state labor department and the state education department to collaborate and provide workplace safety training to all students in grades seventh through twelfth. By teaching students about the core competencies of workplace safety in the classroom, they will enter into the workforce with the mindset of staying safe on the job.

Other states have since followed Oklahoma’s lead when it comes to curriculum policy. In June 2017, Texas became the second state in the nation to pass a similar ‘mainstreaming OSH into education’ law like Oklahoma. Two other states, Arkansas and California, are in the process of pushing legislation following Oklahoma’s lead. Several national organizations including a national workers comp network started taking notice in what Oklahoma was doing because workplace safety training in the school system will eventually lead to reduced injuries among teens and lowered workers comp costs which will in turn lead to a state’s economic development.

The Oklahoma success of the nation’s first-ever mainstreaming OSH into education law has been presented nationally at the National Safety Council Congress, ACTE National Convention, and ILSA National Conference. Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 262 was also shared internationally at the World Congress (Singapore) and with ENETOSH.

CORE COMPETENCIES ASSESSMENT
Measuring how well students retain and put into practice the core competencies of workplace safety from classroom into workplace is key to improving OSH for young workers. ODOL partnered with NIOSH and NOCTI to pilot a study to be used as a model nationally. The NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety curriculum and the NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment was pilot tested in Oklahoma to determine whether the curriculum and the assessment was effective. The pilot study was a huge success and the Oklahoma model is now in place for other states to follow. To date, ODOL has trained more than 200 teachers and has facilitated hundreds of presentations to educate students about youth employment safety. After students go through the workplace safety training, they are eligible to go online and take the NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment. If the student passes with a 74 percent score, the student earns a digital badge that would show their employer that they have an understanding of the core competencies of workplace safety. The NOCTI NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety Assessment is now available to any student across the United States thanks to ODOL.

WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH
Improving OSH for young workers is achievable through the Whole School Approach. The Whole-School Approach, something ODOL learned about through ENETOSH, is another way to change the youth culture to one of injury prevention. Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to integrate the Whole School Approach to teach workplace safety from pre-K through twelfth grade. The school district in Latta Oklahoma (Latta Public School / Latta DECA Marketing) is the very first school district in the nation to use a workplace safety curriculum to reach and teach elementary students in the earlier grades. Such educational methods being used include a workplace safety coloring book, safety rallies, safety mascots (Bushy the Safety Squirrel and Monkey Wrench), and educational videos. This model is currently being shared with other schools and fellow educators to follow Oklahoma’s lead.

PEER-TO-PEER PROJECT VIA TEEN WORKER SAFETY VIDEOS
To promote peer-to-peer projects, another area that is effective when it comes to improving OSH for young workers, ODOL in partnership with the Oklahoma Safety Council and industry prize sponsors, organized a statewide video contest for teens called Speak Out for Workplace Safety. Through this video competition, more than 700 schools teach students about workplace safety. The students then take what they learned and put together a public safety announcement that will teach their peers about safety on the job. The winning videos are showcased at the State Capitol before the lawmakers, educators, industry leaders, community advocates, government officials, media friends, young workers, and parents. This event takes place during the state’s “Speak Out for Workplace Safety’ Week as proclaimed by the Governor. Throughout the year, the first place winning video is used as an educational tool to educate teenagers about young worker safety. Peers teaching peers has been a success in Oklahoma.

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT GAME IN THE CLASSROOM
Another contribution being used to improve OSH for young workers and change the youth culture to one of injury prevention is Oklahoma’s national award-winning interactive and fun activity called Paying Attention Pays, a youth employment game that teaches students about the youth employment laws and young worker safety. To date, the Paying Attention Pays game has been facilitated in more than 100 schools reaching more than 200,000 students. The Paying Attention Pays game is currently being facilitated in two states – Oklahoma and North Carolina, reaching thousands of students annually.

PARTNERSHIPS
Maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders is yet another way to improve OSH for young workers. ODOL is partnered with the restaurant association, grocers association, municipal league, tribal nations, bar association, human trafficking task force, and safety council. ODOL is also partnered with key federal and state agencies including NIOSH, USDOL, ILSA, state education department, career tech, Workforce, and OSHA. Working together with others and sharing the same goals gets more accomplished when everyone works together as a team. Presentations at schools, colleges, employer groups, professional development, and conferences are equally important and is a great opportunity to reach out and teach the public about young worker safety.

MEDIA
Media relations is yet another way ODOL has improved OSH for young workers. ODOL was able to circulate a young worker safety article through the Associated Press which went viral in television and print news. In addition, ODOL has worked with numerous newspapers including The New York Times and The Atlantic on news articles related to youth employment safety. In addition, ODOL has worked on getting television news stories and interviews on the NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliates to reach a greater audience. Working with local newspapers was another way ODOL reached out to local communities in efforts to keep young workers safe.

Best,
Lester Claravall
Child Labor Program Administrator
Oklahoma Department of Labor
405-521-6591
lester.claravall@labor.ok.gov

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