Safety training for working youth: Methods used versus methods wanted

Academic Article


  • BACKGROUND: Safety training is promoted as a tool to prevent workplace injury; however, little is known about the safety training experiences young workers get on-the-job. Furthermore, nothing is known about what methods they think would be the most helpful for learning about safe work practices. OBJECTIVES: To compare safety training methods teens get on the job to those safety training methods teens think would be the best for learning workplace safety, focusing on age differences. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was administered to students in two large high schools in spring 2011. RESULTS: Seventy percent of working youth received safety training. The top training methods that youth reported getting at work were safety videos (42%), safety lectures (25%), and safety posters/signs (22%). In comparison to the safety training methods used, the top methods youth wanted included videos (54%), hands-on (47%), and on-the-job demonstrations (34%). This study demonstrated that there were differences in training methods that youth wanted by age; with older youth seemingly wanting more independent methods of training and younger teens wanting more involvement. CONLCUSION: Results indicate that youth want methods of safety training that are different from what they are getting on the job. The differences in methods wanted by age may aid in developing training programs appropriate for the developmental level of working youth.
  • Published In

  • Work  Journal
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    Author List

  • Zierold KM
  • Start Page

  • 149
  • End Page

  • 157
  • Volume

  • 54
  • Issue

  • 1