FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2007

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


CHSWC Announces Safe Jobs for Youth Month, May 2007

OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce the May 2007 Safe Jobs for Youth Month information campaign. This public information campaign is sponsored by CHSWC and is coordinated by the University of California Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP). The objective of the information campaign is to educate youth and inform employers, parents and the community about workplace health and safety to help prevent teen workplace injuries.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that nearly 250,000 teen suffer work-related injuries each year, 84,000 seriously enough to require treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Studies suggest that youth job injury rates are higher than those of adults, despite the fact that youths are prohibited from working in the most hazardous occupations. 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.

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 illnesses and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety and Safe Jobs for Youth Month, May 2007, is available at www.youngworkers.org or by calling Diane Bush at LOHP at (510) 643-2424 or Aleyda Moran at LOSH at (310) 794-5996. Information about CHSWC is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc/woshtep.html and by: writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612; calling (510) 622-3959; faxing a request to (510) 622-3265; or emailing chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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