26 September 2023

SafeWork toolkit protecting young workers

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Young workers across the State can now access a free, online toolkit from SafeWork NSW, with tailored information to support their safety.

Encouraging employers and workers to make the most of the Young Workers eToolkit, Minister for Fair Trading, Eleni Petinos said the eToolkit contained tips and training materials about work safety rights and responsibilities.

“There are more than half a million young people aged up to 25 who have entered the NSW workforce,” Ms Petinos said.

“Around 15,000 are injured every year, accounting for 14 per cent of all workplace injuries costing $60 million in workers’ compensation,” she said.

“Regardless of how they are employed, or in which industry, young workers need extra support to ensure they are carrying out tasks correctly and safely to prevent injury or even death.”

Ms Petinos said the free eToolkit had resources available for young workers, employers, parents, guardians and educators.

Minister for Regional Youth, Ben Franklin said the online toolkit would help make the transition from school to work easier, particularly for young workers living in smaller communities.

“While it’s important young people are given every opportunity to improve their skills when they enter the workforce, it’s important they keep their health and safety front of mind,” Mr Franklin said.

“The Young Workers eToolkit will help better ensure the health and safety of young workers by educating them on the impact of injury and how it can best be prevented,” he said.

SafeWork’s Young Workers eToolkit can be accessed at this PS News link.

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