Youth Safe Summer Job Social Media Campaign
April 15, 2019
Today, OSHA will help kick off a joint #MySafeSummerJob campaign to raise awareness about workplace safety among young workers during five weeks in April and May. OSHA, Wage & Hour Division, NIOSH and Alliance Program participants including AIHA, ASSP, BCSP, CareerSafe, CPWR, and NSC have organized this campaign to reach out to young workers through social media as they look forward to beginning their summer jobs. Understanding the basics about workplace safety and health, and how to speak-up when something seems dangerous are foundational life skills, and fundamental for career-readiness. As young people enter the workplace, we must do all we can to prepare them to succeed. We have collaborated to gather resources and create a shared website with social media messaging and resources that can be used by all organizations to speak with one voice in this joint social media campaign.
Each of the five weeks will focus on one theme, and have daily accompanying messages that link to youth-focused and can be shared:
- You Have Rights! (Week 1: 4/15 – 4/19/2019)
- Every Job has Hazards! (Week 2: 4/22 – 4/26/2019)
- Speak-Up! (Week 3: 4/29 – 5/3/2019)
- Injuries are Preventable! (Week 4: 5/6 – 5/10/2019)
- Safety Takes Teamwork - You Can Get Help! (Week 5: 5/13 – 5/17/2019)
There are a number of ways you can get involved in this campaign:
- Follow us as we share posts and information through our social media platforms. You can find us as @OSHA_DOL for Twitter and @departmentoflabor for Facebook.
- Follow a campaign organizer, CareerSafe, who can be found on Twitter as @CareerSafe and on Facebook as CareerSafe Online.
- Retweet or share our campaign posts on your page or feed.
- Respond or comment about our campaign using #MySafeSummerJob.
- Go to www.MySafeSummerJob.org to download all the social media posts and schedule, then make them your own and originate the messages from your account.
Each week, we will ask young people to engage with us by posting messages or images in response to questions about their work or their work plans using our hashtag. We will feature trending posts on our website to check back regularly to view the feed.
Teen workers are injured at twice the rate of adult workers. Thank you for caring about the safety of workers, and especially young workers who are particularly at risk as they begin their work life. Your outreach to youth, parents, and employers makes a difference in the safety of all workers!