Here are some tips for instilling safe behaviors that will last teens a lifetime:
- Understand the risks. Common on-the-job injuries include cuts, sprains, strains, shocks, burns, chemical exposure, slips, trips and falls.
- Show teens the safe way to do their jobs during their first day on the job.
- Have them demonstrate each safety procedure to ensure they understood your instructions.
- Follow up on the training periodically.
- Assign an experienced employee to mentor teen workers.
- Provide cut-resistant gloves, slip-resistant shoes, oven mitts, aprons and other personal protective equipment appropriate for each task.
- Make sure teen workers feel safe asking questions if they do not understand safety procedures.
- Stress that management expects every employee to immediately report workplace hazards.
- Lead by example. Management should follow the same safety procedures they expect employees to follow.
- Learn and follow laws that dictate what type of work teens can do, what equipment they can operate and how many hours they can work. Click Here for more information about teen labor laws.
Get more information
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Restaurant Safety for Teens eTool offers free information on keeping young workers safe. The tool includes a quiz teens can take to test their knowledge.
Texas Mutual policyholders can get free training materials on driving safety other topics in the safety resource center at texasmutual.com. TRA members who have enrolled in the TRA/Texas Mutual workers’ compensation safety group have access to additional safety materials, including a safety plan designed for the restaurant industry.
Guest blog provided by Texas Mutual Insurance Company’s Angela Gardner, loss prevention consultant for the TRA/Texas Mutual workers’ compensation safety group