Focus Group Study Regarding Young Workers and Safety

By admin / On / In Local 88

Young workers (15-24 years old) have many strengths, such as enthusiasm, very recent schooling/training, and an interest in safety and health at work.

Despite these strengths, statistics show that young workers are twice as likely as workers age 25-54 to be injured on the job.

We know some of the reasons for this health disparity, but would like to find out more from young workers in Oregon about why they are at higher risk for getting hurt at work and what can be done about it.

Oregon’s Young Employee Safety Coalition is actively engaged in preventing young worker injuries, and is organizing focus groups with young workers to find out more about their experiences.

So far, the Coalition has done activities to get high school students involved in preventing injuries, but we really want to include more young workers aged 18 – 24 years old.

Local 88’s members in this age range are invited to participate in one of two focus groups that will be held on January 25th and 27th, 2011 at the Portland AFSCME office. Please help us to promote the focus groups and get young workers engaged in preventing injuries on the job!

Young Employee Safety: In Their Own Words

• Are you between 15 and 24 years old?
• Do you want to share your experiences and thoughts on workplace safety issues?

O-YES is holding focus groups on January 26th and 27th from 6:00 – 7:30pm at the Portland AFSCME office (6025 East Burnside St.).

All participants receive a gift certificate to Fred Meyer.

Contact Erika Zoller at 503.494.2281, or zollere@ohsu.edu, to join the study.

Visit oregonyoungworkers.org for additional study information.