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Speak up, Stay Safe

7th September 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

A new campaign that asks young people to take action for their own health and safety, such as informing their employer about a lack of warning signs, has been launched.

The British Safety Council (BSC) has unveiled Speak Up, Stay Safe, which will work toward supporting young workers in feeling confident in talking to management, parents, teachers or friends if they feel their safety at work is under threat.

The BSC feels it is important that no young adult should feel under pressure to work in an unsafe environment.

Julie Nerney, BSC chief executive, said: "Every 40 minutes in the UK a young person is seriously injured in the workplace. We think this position is wholly unacceptable. By highlighting to young people that they need to be aware of their environment and speak up if they feel unsafe we hope to significantly reduce this number."

Neal Stone, head of policy and public affairs for the group, also said that 3,200 people aged between 16 and 19 were seriously injured in the workplace last year, and 66 young workers have died at work in the past ten years.

More advice, including specialist tips, can be found at the Speak Up, Stay Safe website.


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