IRELAND: “Choosing the safety of young people at work”

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The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) celebrated in early September the approximately 200,000 students who have completed its flagship Choose Safety program over the past decade.

According to HSA Executive Director Dr. Sharon McGuinness, the success of the program is based on the widespread recognition that young people must be aware of their rights and responsibilities in this area. They are at greater risk of occupational injuries because of their lack of experience and because they are new to the world of work. The program helps young people to develop a “safe first state of mind” before they arrive at the workplace. It is also very useful for employers who are responsible for managing occupational safety and health and for recruiting these young people.

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