Before it even seems possible, your son or daughter is turning 16 and is ready to take on his or her first part time job. As teens begin this major change in their lives, parents should make sure that their children’s potential employers are safe ones. Teens are nearly twice as likely to be injured on the job as adults doing the same job. The following tips from the National Safety Council may help teens and parents looking at the summer job market:
TIPS FOR PARENTS:
- Check with local law enforcement to see if any workplace violence or disturbances have occurred at the work site.
- Ask if the company conducts sex offender or criminal background checks.
- Check with the city/state Department of Labor to see if the employer has been cited for child labor violations.
- Ask to see the company’s employer’s state operating license or certificate.
- Check with the city/county for fire escape/fire extinguisher violations.
- Ask the employer what kind of safety regulations and rules your teen will be instructed in.
- Ask the employer if the supervisor has CPR or first aid training.
TIPS FOR TEENS:
- Are fire exits clearly labeled?
- Are any chemicals clearly labeled, sealed, and sitting upright?
- Are slip-proof mats on the floor around workstations that use liquids?
- Are escape route maps available at stairways and elevators?
- Is the lighting adequate in the hallway/stairwells?
- Are emergency phone numbers posted by the phones?
- Is an emergency preparedness response plan posted?