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OhioBWC - Employer:  (Safety & Hygiene) - Youth Safety

Division of Safety & Hygiene - Youth Safety

BWC cares about youth workers!
Ohio's youth are the working adults of the future and keeping them safe at work is a top priority for BWC. To promote youth safety, BWC would like to partner with youth, parents, employers and educators to provide the education and support for youth workers. The toolkits on this Web page provide resources and tools to assist us.

Click on the link below for the tool kit you want to use.


Youth tool kit Educator tool kit
Parent tool kit Employer tool kit

Youth tool kit

This kit is designed to help youth, both employed and those considering employment, make informed choices about their working environment. The goal is to provide resources to youth, focusing primarily on safety and health in the workplace.

  1. Web links to safety resources
    • Young Worker Summer Job Safety
      This Web site, sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), gives information on specific summer jobs for youth.
    • Center for Young Worker Safety and Health
      The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute offers all 7 of their training programs online and free of charge for students, employers, and their families.
    • Young Worker Safety and Health
      Sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), this Web site provides youth with an abundance of information on youth safety, including facts for youth from hazard recognition to youth rights in the workplace.
    • Safety at Work Centre
      Sponsored by WorkSafe BC, this Web site covers a variety of topics for the young worker, including a special spotlight video clip on a young worker.
    • Young Workers Zone
      This Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Web site is full of tips for young workers as well as a detailed listing of commonly held youth jobs with their hazards.
    • National Young Worker Safety Resource Center;
      This is a collaborative project of U.C. Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Massachusetts.
    • Youth Job Safety Resources
      The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries presents all kinds of materials to help teens learn about how to stay safe while working.
    • Health and Safety Awareness for Working Teens
      Prepared by the University of Washington to help prevent young workers from being injured, harassed, or killed on the job by providing them with information and educational resources.
  2. Publications/Articles
  3. Information on youth rights and responsibilities in the workplace
    • Minor Labor Laws
      The Ohio Division of Industrial Compliance offers this fact sheet with the Ohio laws pertaining to minors.
    • Youth Rules!
      This Web site sponsored by the US Department of Labor provides information to youth on compliance issues and other concerns of youth in the work force.
    • Young Workers: You Have Rights!
      Sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, this web site is designed to help the youth worker stay healthy and safe on the job.
    • Fair labor standards
      This Web site sponsored by the US Department of Labor provides links to rules pertaining to young workers including child labor provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act and Occupational Safety & Health rules which also pertain to young workers.
  4. Filing a workers' comp claim
    This Web link provided through this Web site contains information on filing a worker’s compensation claim in the event of an injury or illness in the workplace.

Educator tool kit

Educators of youth today are challenged with preparing them for self-sufficiency in a fast-paced world; one where safety may be a buried priority. This kit is designed to complement the curriculums of youth educators as they work toward successfully preparing our youth with academic and work-life skills, while stressing the need for safety in the workplace. This focus on safety will impact every aspect of their lives.

  1. Web links to safety resources
    • Health and safety awareness for working teens
      Prepared by the University of Washington to help prevent young workers from being injured, harassed, or killed on the job by providing them with information and educational resources. Includes teacher resources.
    • Youth Rules!
      This Web site sponsored by the US Department of Labor provides information to educators on compliance issues and other concerns of youth in the work force.
    • Safety Checklist Program for Schools
      Sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), this Web site provides many valuable links for educators to assist with educating students in the importance of workplace safety as well as implementing their own safety and health programs through the NIOSH Safety Checklist Program for Schools.
    • Safety at Work Centre
      Sponsored by WorkSafe BC, this web site covers a variety of topics about young worker safety, including resources for educators.
    • Young Workers: You Have Rights!
      This web site sponsored by OSHA provides information to educators.
    • Young Worker Summer Job Safety.
      OSHA gives information on specific summer jobs for youth.
    • Youth Worker Safety & Health
      This Web site sponsored by the US Department of Labor provides links to rules pertaining to young workers including child labor provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act and occupational safety and health rules which also pertain to young workers.
    • Filing a workers' comp claim
      This Web link provided through this Web site contains information on filing a worker’s compensation claim in the event of an injury or illness in the workplace.
    • National Young Worker Safety Resource Center
      This is a collaborate project of U.C. Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Massachusetts
    • Young Worker Safety and Health
      Sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), this Web site provides youth with an abundance of information on youth safety, including teacher resources.
    • Center for Young Worker Safety and Health
      The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute offers all 7 of their training programs online and free of charge for students, educators, and employers.
    • Youth Job Safety Resources
      The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries presents all kinds of job safety resources for teens, parents and employers.
  2. Publications/Articles

Parent tool kit

Parents are naturally concerned with the well-being of their children; from the crib to the first day of driving, all with safety of their children in mind. The BWC parent tool kit provides parents of youth resources as they assist their children in making workplace choices, with safety in mind. Parental participation in youth work decisions based on safety will not only enhance the parent-child relationship but will serve to develop the focus of safety as a top priority in their lives.

  1. Web links to safety resources
    • Young Worker Safety and Health
      Sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), this Web site provides valuable information and links for parents that will assist them in discussing workplace safety with their teen along with fact sheets and information on very specific dangers for youth workers.
    • Safety at Work Centre
      Sponsored by WorkSafe BC, this Web site covers a variety of topics of interest to the young worker, including a special spotlight video clip on a young worker.
    • Young Worker Summer Job Safety
      This Web site sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), gives information on specific summer jobs for youth.
    • Young Workers Zone
      This Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety & Health web site is full of tips for young workers as well as information for parents and their roles in young worker safety.
    • National Young Worker Safety Resource Center
      This is a collaborative project of U.C. Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Massachusetts.
    • Center for Young Worker Safety and Health
      The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute offers all 7 of their training programs online and free of charge for students, employers, and their families.
    • Youth Job Safety Resources
      The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries presents all kinds of materials to help teens learn about how to stay safe while working.
    • Health and Safety Awareness for Working Teens
      Prepared by the University of Washington to help prevent young workers from being injured, harassed, or killed on the job by providing them with information and educational resources.
  2. Publications/Articles
  3. Information on youth rights and responsibilities in the workplace
    • Youth Rules!
      This Web site sponsored by the US Department of Labor provides information to youth on compliance issues and other concerns of youth in the work force.
    • Young Workers: You Have Rights!
      Sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) this site is designed to help the youth worker stay healthy and safe while on the job through links specific to youth concerns including stressful conditions, dangerous work, unsafe equipment, trying to hurry and inadequate supervision.
    • Youth Worker Safety & Health
      This Web site sponsored by the US Department of Labor provides links to rules pertaining to young workers including child labor provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act and occupational safety and health rules, which also pertain to young workers.
    • Minor Labor Laws
      The Ohio Division of Industrial Compliance provides this fact sheet with the Ohio laws pertaining to employment of minors.
  4. Filing a workers’ compensation claim
    • Filing a workers' comp claim
      This Web link provided through this Web site contains information on filing a worker’s compensation claim in the event of an injury or illness in the workplace.

Employer tool kit

Employers of youth face issues with their young workers which they will not find in the older work force. The BWC employer tool kit provides resources and information for employers to promote safety and health to protect young workers, while reminding employers the importance of safety for all their work force.

  1. Web links to safety resources
    • Youth Rules!
      This Web site sponsored by the US Department of Labor provides information to employers on compliance issues and other concerns of youth in the work force.
    • Young Worker Safety and Health
      Sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), this Web site provides information to employers specific to the youth worker and injury prevention in specific jobs including agriculture, construction and fast food service.
    • Young Workers: You Have Rights!
      This Web site sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), provides information to the employer on ways of preventing workplace injuries to teens and other workers as well as Department of Labor (DOL) laws protecting the younger worker.
    • Young Worker Summer Job Safety
      This Web site sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), gives information on specific summer jobs for youth.
    • Young Workers at Risk
      Sponsored by WorkSafe BC, this Web site covers a variety of topics of interest to the young worker, including a special spotlight video clip on a young worker.
    • Young Workers Zone
      This Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Web site is full of tips for young workers as well as information for employers to provide guidance in health and safety.
    • National Young Worker Safety Resource Center
      This is a collaborative project of U.C. Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Massachusetts.
    • Center for Young Worker Safety and Health
      The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute offers all 7 of their training programs online and free of charge for students, employers, and their families.
    • Youth Job Safety Resources
      The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries presents all kinds of materials to help teens learn about how to stay safe while working.
  2. Publications/Articles
  3. Educational resources on restrictions involving hours of employment and nature of work for youth
    • Minor labor laws
      The Ohio Division of Industrial Compliance provides this fact sheet with the Ohio laws pertaining to employment of minors.
    • Youth Worker Safety and Health
      This Web site sponsored by the US Department of Labor provides links to rules pertaining to young workers including child labor provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act and occupational safety and health rules which also pertain to young workers.
    • Youth safety publications
      Sponsored by the US Department of Labor, this Web site provides employers with youth safety stickers and bookmarks formatted for printing.
  4. Filing a workers’ compensation claim
    • Filing a workers' comp claim
      This Web link provided through this Web site contains information on filing a worker’s compensation claim in the event of an injury or illness in the workplace.



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