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IR #07-23
May 25, 2007

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DIR distributes winning PSA’s created by young workers

Los Angeles—As part of the annual observance of Safe Jobs for Youth Month, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) in collaboration with the California Partnership for Young Worker and Safety announces the distribution of video public service announcements (PSA) developed by California teens between the ages 14-18. The PSA’s are designed to bring awareness of the need for workplace safety to young workers.

"The purpose of the contest is to encourage California teens to take an active role in learning about health, safety, and labor requirements," said Len Welsh, acting chief of Cal/OSHA. "It also raises much needed public awareness of workplace safety for teens." 

Students from Ramona High School and from the Inspired Young Villagers, a community group in Los Angeles, garnered first place receiving a cash prize of $400 and the opportunity to have their work aired on television stations statewide. These PSA’s are being distributed to news agencies in California and will be available for download from the DIR Web site. 

Despite a growing focus on teen safety in the workplace, young workers continue to be injured on the job. Each year in the United States 160,000 teens are injured on the job; 55,000 of these injuries are serious enough to require hospital treatment; and 50 adolescents die from work injuries. 

"We need to work together to keep California teens safe on the job", said Welsh. "We also need to raise awareness of workplace safety for teens so their employers can address workplace hazards and take prevention measures."

The contestants used their creative talents to capture their message onto a 30-second video. They focused on a particular safety hazard or a labor law violation commonly experienced by teens. Judging was based on overall production value, creativity, clarity of information, video and/or audio quality, and presentation effectiveness.

The California Partnership for Young Worker and Safety is a statewide task force that brings together government agencies and statewide organizations representing educators, employers, parents, job trainers and others. The partnership develops and promotes strategies to protect youth at work.

For downloadable copies of the PSA’s and other important resources regarding young worker safety please visit www.dir.ca.gov/youngworker.  

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