Young workers today are the future leaders of our economies, and their safety and well-being will shape the world of tomorrow. However, they are also 40% more likely than older workers to suffer occupational injuries. Reasons for this include lack of skills, experience and training; inadequate supervision; limited knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) hazards and risks; and/or a lack of understanding of their rights.
We believe youth can be important change agents and enablers of sustainable development actions by bringing their voice to help build a global network of young champions for safety and health in the workplace.
To make this happen, ILO’s LABADMIN/OSH Branch, in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of Singapore is organising a SafeYouth@Work Congress as part of the 2017 World Congress on Safety and Health.
The SafeYouth@Work Congress seeks to highlight the critical need for awareness of safety and health issues for youth in the workplace, by bringing their voice to the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. More than 120 Youth Champions from around the world, aged 18-24, are being recruited and prepared to participate in the SafeYouth@Work Congress, engage broader World Congress participants, and to become agents of change for SafeYouth@Work in their home countries.
By participating in the SafeYouth@Work Congress, Youth Champions will:
Meet some of the Youth Champions here!
The SafeYouth@Work Media Competition and the SafeYouth@Work Congress are key components of the SafeYouth@Work Project – a global project undertaken with support from U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab/our-work/child-forced-labor-trafficking)
For more information on the SafeYouth@Work Congress, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow the ILO LABADMIN/OSH branch on Twitter @ILO_OSH with the hashtag #SafeYouthAtWork or on Instagram @labadminosh