FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2007

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety Awarded
Contract from the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

OAKLAND -- The California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety has been awarded a contract from the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) to continue to provide outreach and educational information to young workers in the state of California regarding injury prevention and workplace wage and hour requirements.

The goal of the Partnership is to prevent California's young workers from being injured or killed on the job by educating employers, educators, parents, and teens about what they can do to keep teens from getting hurt at work.

The Partnership is jointly coordinated by CHSWC and the University of California Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP). The Partnership is advised by a statewide advisory group including CHSWC, the Department of Industrial Relations (including the Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement), the University of California, the Department of Education, the Department of Health Services, and business, labor, parents, educators and other interested parties.

The Partnership conducts a statewide public awareness campaign in May each year: Safe Jobs for Youth Month. Activities include media outreach, workshops, newsletter articles, mailings of health and safety materials to schools and community groups, activities conducted by Young Worker Leadership Academy graduates, public service announcement (PSA) and poster contests, and other outreach activities.

The Partnership maintains a website, www.youngworkers.org, a toll-free information line, 1-888-933-TEEN (8336), and a clearinghouse of educational materials. The website provides information and resources on young worker health and safety, including child labor laws, with links to network members and other relevant sites.

CHSWC is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. The Commission was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about CHSWC and the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc, by writing to Christine Baker, CHSWC Executive Officer, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, California 94612, or by calling (510) 622-3959.

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