Young Worker Hazard Alerts

Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) — Research for Safe Work

Hazard alerts describing real life nonfatal workplace injuries to Washington workers under 25 years old are now on the Web. These alerts are created from interviews with young workers, their families, or their employers. They describe how the worker was injured, what Washington regulations are related to the incident, and provide recommendations and resources to prevent similar injuries from happening. These alerts stem from earlier research done by SHARP. The research showed that workers aged 18 ‑ 21 had the highest overall nonfatal injury rate in Washington. It also showed that workers between 16 ‑ 24 years old had a higher nonfatal injury rate than workers who were 25 years or older.

The hazard alerts are a result of the Young Worker Surveillance Project. This project monitors injury claims for workers under 25 years old to identify trends, new hazards, and direct prevention resources to high hazard jobs. This project also looks to work with schools, employers, parents, and labor and management work groups to increase education outreach about young workers. These narratives can be found on the SHARP publication page under Young Workers. The Young Worker Surveillance Project is working with the Injured Young Workers Speaker Program to identify potential speakers to share their stories with other young workers and students to stress the importance of safety at work.

If you are interested in learning more about the Young Worker Surveillance Project or having someone come to speak with your workers about safety and health on the job, contact or 360‑902‑5667 toll free at 888-667-4277.

For more information on the Injured Young Worker Speaker Program, contact Xenofon Moniodis with Public Affairs at or 360-902-6458.

For more information on how to hire and job restrictions for workers less than 18 years old, contact Mary Miller in Employment Standards at or 360-902-6041.

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