Young Workers

Archive No. 5


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New RoSPA course: work placement assessment

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is launching a new course for those who arrange, monitor or administer work experience placements.

Delegates will learn how to assess placements for young people to ensure they meet health and safety requirements.

College supports HSE's fight against dermatitis

Wigan and Leigh College's Hairdressing, Beauty and Holistic Therapy department has taken special measures to reduce the risks from dermatitis among students.

Approximately 200 full time students attend work placements for one day per week, and the college has contact with nearly 80 salons.

Find out more about the action taken by the college and HSE’s fight against dermatitis here

Safety change urged after teen site death

An MP wants changes in health and safety rules on building sites after a 19 year old was electrocted on-site. Two companies were fined following the death.

Miall Gwyn Roberts, 19, was killed in 2004 by 11,000 volts of electricity while laying concrete foundations. A boom that was being used hit an overhead cable.

For further information on Elfyn Llwyd MP's comments see the BBC news

Click here for details of the incident.

Young worker desk health survey results

A survey of UK office workers found that 46% of respondents spent six or more hours in front of their computer screens, with 55% of 16 to 24 year old employees saying that they were unable to schedule frequent breaks due to excessive workloads or peer/management pressure.

The survey revealed that almost half of workers (47%) say they have been offered no advice on the best desktop layout or ergonomics best practice in the past 12 months.

For further survey results and desk health guidance, see the research findings

Safety initiative for schools

Over 700 schools and colleges from across the UK have registered their interest in a new Entry Level Award in Workplace Hazard Awareness which aims to keep pupils healthy and safe on work experience.

The new vocational qualification aimed primarily at 14 to 16 year olds is part of a joint initiative from the British Safety Council, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The idea behind it is that students will gain an awareness of H&S hazards in the workplace before they embark upon work experience or their first job. Click here for details.

Course materials are free to teachers. They can be downloaded from: www.wiseup2work


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The information on accidents and prosecutions featured in this section comes from a number of different sources including the Health and Safety Executive and regional and national newspapers.

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"Because of their lack of experience, young people are particularly vulnerable to workplace dangers."
Lord McKenzie


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