Young people must be warned about workplace
Health & Safety update 27/06/2011
Employers are being urged to educate young people about
The British Safety Council (BSC) has warned that, with work
experience at its height this month, 100,000 youngsters could be at
The BSC’s campaign to highlight the possible dangers within the
workplace comes as many young people enter an unfamiliar
environment for the first time.
According to research, a young person suffers a serious injury
in the workplace every 40 minutes. Alongside employers, parents and
teachers are also being urged to discuss possible dangers with
A BSC spokesperson said, “Talk to your children; make sure they
understand the risks that they could face in unfamiliar
surroundings. As parents, teachers and employers we need to be
socially responsible and educate them.”
British Safety Council chief executive, Julie Nerney, said, “The
British Safety Council’s message is that health and safety is about
adopting a sensible attitude. It is not about being overprotective
or stopping young people from doing everyday tasks. Realistically
however young people are more vulnerable if they’re just entering
the workplace,” she added.
The BSC will be running a ’Speak Up, Stay Safe’ campaign this
summer, with a series of events designed to educate young people
about workplace dangers and how to prevent accidents occurring.