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#MySafeSummerJob: Five Tips to Stay Safe This Summer

Four young people work in different environments

As the school year quickly comes to a close for college and high school students, many young workers will soon be starting summer jobs.

Summer jobs are an opportunity to meet new people, earn money, and to build work experience – and they should always be a safe experience.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants all workers, including young workers who may be starting their first job this summer, to know they have the right to a safe and healthy workplace no matter where they work or how old they are.

Here are five workplace safety tips for young workers to remember:

  1. Get training about workplace hazards and always use required safety gear
  2. Ask questions if you don’t understand instructions or if something seems unsafe
  3. Immediately report unsafe conditions to your supervisor
  4. You can contact OSHA at 1-800-321-6742 to ask questions or to report an unsafe workspace
  5. No one can punish you for reporting unsafe conditions or injuries, or for contacting OSHA

For more information on maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for young workers and ways to make sure your workplace is a safe one, please visit OSHA’s website for young workers. Follow the hashtag #MySafeSummerJob on Twitter and help us spread the word about the importance of workplace safety to young workers, educators, parents, supervisors, and employers.

OSHA offers compliance assistance materials and programs to help workers and employers learn about workplace hazards, and keep workers safe. OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services to small- and medium-sized businesses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories.

Loren Sweatt is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health.

 

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