Speak Up, Stay Safe - British Safety Council campaign
A new campaign from the British Safety Council asks young people to take responsibility for their own health and safety.
Julie Nerney, British Safety Council chief executive says: "Every 40 minutes in the UK a young person is seriously injured in the workplace. We think this position is wholly unacceptable. By highlighting to young people that they need to be aware of their environment and speak up if they feel unsafe we hope to significantly reduce this number."
The campaign supports young people to feel confident talking to their work supervisor, parent, teacher or friends if they feel that they are in an unsafe situation.
No young person should feel pressurised to work in an environment where there is a risk of injury or death. Neal Stone, head of policy and public affairs for the British Safety Council says: "In 2009, 3,200 young people between the ages of 16-19 were seriously injured while in work. In the past 10 years, 66 young workers have been killed in the workplace.
These numbers show how important this campaign is, not just for young workers but to those around them - their parents, family members, friends and teachers".
The soon to be launched Speak Up Stay Safe campaign website will provide specialist tips and advice for young people, teachers, parents and employers.