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May 21, 2010

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New campaign to reduce young worker injuries

The British Safety Council (BSC) has launched a new campaign that urges young people to take responsibility for their own health and safety.

The Speak Up, Stay Safe campaign aims to encourage young workers to report unsafe working environments to their employer, or their family. The BSC will promote the initiative through social Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Specialist tips and advice will be provided on these websites in the form of resources, case studies, and animation.

BSC head of policy and public affairs, Neal Stone, said: “In 2009, 3200 young people between the ages of 16-19 were seriously injured while in work. In the past 10 years 66 young workers have been killed in the workplace. These numbers show how important this campaign is, not just to young workers but to those around them – their parents, family members, friends and teachers.”

As part of the campaign the BSC will provide every young person aged 14-19, who are in full time education, with a free entry-level qualification in workplace hazard awareness.

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