Young workers today are the future leaders of our economies, and will be shaping the occupational safety and health (OSH) culture of tomorrow. However, they are unfortunately 40% more likely than older workers to suffer occupational injuries. This could be attributed to lack of skills, experience and training; inadequate supervision; limited knowledge of OSH hazards and risks; and/or a lack of engagement and understanding of their rights.
This is why a dedicated Youth Forum for Prevention has been organised as part of the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017. The forum focuses on the plight of our young workers, and identifies opportunities to shape the future of OSH with our youth.
Delegates can learn from ILO’s Safeyouth@work Project, and bring home lessons from past case studies and life experiences from young workers in the region.