Young workers

Tips for young workers

A British Safety Council animation that uses humour to encourage school children to use common sense to spot and report hazards. Featuring a careless giraffe, a dopey dog and a reckless rabbit who experience a number of self-inflicted injuries.

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Aston Martin apprentices say Speak Up

A British Safety Council video made with the world famous car company, featuring seven of their young apprentices who have all started work recently. They explain, in their own words, why health and safety is important, how to stay safe and urge all young people to speak up or stop work if they feel unsafe.

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Prevention…belongs to this world

This booklet, which includes both written text and a visualization of the message in comic form, aims to focus the reader’s attention on dangerous situations and behaviours that may cause serious injuries and on the importance of prevention. The comic form makes it particularly suited for the instruction of young people, both students and workers. The strips refer to two working sectors which are particularly risky: construction and agriculture.

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An accident changes everything

‘An accident changes everything’ is a prevention campaign launched by the Social Accident Insurance Institution for the energy, textile, electrical and media products sector. Youtube style videos and WhatsApp chats address young workers to make them aware of risks. They have to decide on their own what risk they are willing to take.  

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BGN app for young workers

The BGN-Azubi-App "In der Beruf starten – fit und gesund" is a smartphone app that specifically targets young workers in the hospitality industry. The app is designed to support young people in the phase of transition from school to work and therefore is primarily aimed at trainees in the first year of training.

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Workplace Hazard Awareness Course (WHAC)

The Workplace Hazard Awareness Course (WHAC) is a free training programme for teenagers.  It is usually taught in schools but can also be used for college induction training.  It was developed by IOSH with help from the HSE and is designed to prepare young people for their work experience or first job.  The course has more than 20 activities and takes 6 – 8 hours to deliver. 

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Speak Up, Stay Safe campaign

British Safety Council’s Speak Up, Stay Safe campaign aims to put young people and confident communication at the heart of good health and safety. In equipping young people with information and real-life examples, they will be better placed to raise health and safety concerns and contribute to how risks in the workplace are managed.

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“Sun and Health” - a prevention project for farmers

Farmers have an increased risk of uv-radiation related skin- and eye-damages. The SVB- prevention project “Sun and Health”should demonstrate the importance of taking protection measures against UV-radiation at work.
The following tools dealing with sun-protection measures were applied throughout 3 years from 2008-2010 : power-point-presentations, interviews, skin- melanin-analyser to check the individual protection time against UV-radiation, information sheets. Demonstration of safety glasses was considered to be important especially for farmers. 

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British Safety Council campaign for young workers

International evidence suggests that young people are at a higher than average risk of being killed or injured in the workplace.

The British Safety Council, a global health, safety and environmental charity, is providing free health and safety qualifications for young people and campaigns for safer working conditions.

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A “picnic basket” to avoid stress

Employers as well as employees can find a lot of interactive offers on this website. It contains a mix of topics which are important to handle mental strain: Management of stress, leadership and cooperation, communication, how to manage time, how to act in a healthy way in familiy enterprises and last but not least emotional competence.

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Youth want to push limits - but not beyond safety

For about 40 years, the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) has carried out the campaign “Jugend will sich-er-leben"  (Youth want to push limits - but not beyond safety) once a year throughout Germany. The tuition concept with competition character supports teachers in vocational schools and trainers in enterprises by increasing the awareness of young job beginners for occupational safety and health topics

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Youth study on well-being and work situation of young caterers

Be it as a cook, a service worker or in a hotel - 100 000 young employees work in the hotel and restaurant industry at present. What effect does working in this stressful and exhausting field have on people who are only just starting work?


Sorry, this article is only available in the original german version.

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