Teens Lead at Work

The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health’s (MassCOSH) Teens Lead at Work (TL@W) Smartphone application and internet accessible web page contains a wealth of information for young workers on safety and health in the workplace.

MassCOSH’s TL@W engages teens, ages 14 – 18, as workplace health and safety peer trainers and developers of youth-focused curricula. In the spring of 2012, MassCOSH peer leaders identified the need for youth to be able to access vital health and safety information at a moment’s notice – when they feel they may have been asked to do a job that may cause them harm. They recognized that while young workers won’t always be able to research the many websites to find this information in a very short time frame, they will surely have their phone and the ability to download this app. The youth worked with MassCOSH staff to develop a smartphone application both as a way to complement TL@W’s trainings and for young people who haven’t had the benefit of safety training.

The Teens Lead at Work application highlights laws that apply to teen workers, including:

• Legal Work Hours The information does not require any Word or PDF downloads and details the states restrictions based on age and school days (the app. can be modified to include other states and/or federal work hours).

• Hazards in the workplace Based on past instances of young worker injuries and fatalities, this application utilizes government statistics to illustrate just how easy it is to be hurt on the job. The section also details common hazards at jobs youth are most likely to be employed in order to raise hazard awareness and ensure hazard elimination.

• What to do if you are being harassed in the workplace With sexual harassment on the job recognized as a major hazard for young workers, TL@W created a special training to address just this issue. The app has a section to inform workers on how to recognize harassment, their rights to a harassment-free workplace, and an easy to follow list of steps that would protect themselves.

• How to file a complaint This section is a critical tool for all workers covering how to correctly file a formal job discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

• Critical contact information for organizations who can aid young workers. This section contains contact information for: o Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) o Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Fair Labor and Business Practices o Massachusetts Department of Public Health Surveillance Program o Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health-Teens Lead at Work (MassCOSH-TL@W) o National Young Worker Safety Resource o Occupation Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) o US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) o US Department of Labor

The visually-pleasing application also offers additional links that connect the user to photos of TL@W programs, a calendar of events, and updates from the new TL@W Twitter® account. Located in the application is a community forum where users can create ongoing discussions about questions or concerns in their workplace(s).

This app can be downloaded from the Google Android App market, Android app. markets such as GetJa and SlideMe and pending final approval, the Apple iTunes app. market. The app can also be viewed online from any phone with internet capabilities on an HTML5 format at http://h.studentsapp.mobi/teens_lead_at_work Or https://sn2prd0202.outlook.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=z2eszFMcDEeL9k7AP19ZFBuBwMuGTs8IeAMu-6mrEKRmAnK2Z4J49oVMNgJY9dD7rI7-d5VI9Q8.&URL=http%3a%2f%2fh.studentsapp.mobi%2fteens_lead_at_work

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