FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2006

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


Keeping Young Workers Safe on the Job: A Joint Photography Exhibit Celebrates Safe Jobs for Youth Month May 2006

In observance of Safe Jobs for Youth Month in May, the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is announcing a joint exhibit of photographs from two collections:

The exhibit is free and runs through May 12, 2006, at the Dalziel Building, 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm.

Lewis Wickes Hine, perhaps the most important photographer of child labor in the United States in the early 1900s, left a legacy that influences debate about child labor even today. Child labor laws in the United States, which define and prohibit hazardous and harmful work, apply to young persons younger than age 18. Child labor is more common in other parts of the world, where there is little or no protection for children by child labor laws. Child Labor and the Global Village: Photography for Social Change is a team of 11 photographers who photograph child workers around the globe in order to document their lives.

This joint exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see similarities between both the child labor problem of the early 20th century in the United States and in the global community today.


An opening reception will be held Monday, May 2, 2006, 6 - 8 pm, at the exhibit site. Students, teachers, and members of the community are invited. Please RSVP to workingsafe@dir.ca.gov.

In addition to the exhibit, there will be guided photo tours, and workshops for teachers and students on young worker rights and responsibilities and health and safety on the job. These activities will be held May 4 - 12th. Posters created by California teens to bring attention to Safe Jobs for Youth Month, May 2006, are also on exhibit.

The joint photography exhibit is co-sponsored by the California Department of Industrial Relations, the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, the United States Department of Labor, the University of California Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program, the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety, the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, and Child Labor and the Global Village: Photography for Social Change.

Every year, approximately 70,000 adolescents are injured severely enough to require treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Most of these injuries are preventable. To address teen worker injuries in California, CHSWC convened a statewide task force on young worker health and safety, the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety. This task force brings together key representatives from government agencies and statewide organizations that are involved with California youth employment and education issues or that can otherwise play a role in educating and protecting young workers.

Information about the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety and the exhibit is available at www.youngworkers.org, by writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by emailing chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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