Young people are particularly vulnerable to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) risks due to their physical and psychological stage of development, limited awareness of work-related hazards, less work experience and often having less of a voice in the workplace, leaving them exposed to more dangerous tasks or poor working conditions.
The campaign supports action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.7 to end child labour by 2025 and 8.8 to promote safe and secure working environments for all workers. Achieving these targets by 2030 needs a coordinated and concerted effort from all stakeholders – including governments, employers, workers and their representatives – to protect the next generation and create a culture of health and safety for everyone.
The ILO’s brief on ‘Improving the Safety and Health of Young Workers’ includes a framework for national and regional action regarding OH&S for young workers, which focuses on five areas:
- Improving the collection and analysis of data and information on OSH and young workers
- Developing, updating and implementing laws, regulations, policies and guidelines to better protect the safety and health of young workers
- Capacity building aimed at helping governments, employers, workers and their organizations address the OSH needs of young workers
- Integrating OSH into general education and into vocational training programs, so as to build a safer and healthier generation of workers
- Strengthening advocacy, awareness and research on young workers’ vulnerability to OSH hazards and risks.