Protecting Your Young Workforce

Monday, September 10, 2012

Is your workforce composed of many young workers? If you own a retail store or a business that sells products that attracts the younger generation, you may be more likely to hire those who understand your customers. However, when having young workers on your team, you should be aware of the risks they face, for they may be different than those of veteran employees.

The risk of workplace injury may be higher for this specific age group of workers due to their inexperience and their physical, cognitive, and emotional developmental characteristics. Also, some may hesitate to ask questions, causing possible workplace dangers. As a business owner, you need to make each employee feel comfortable and safe. Have a conversation with your team about dangerous areas on the job and how to prevent incidents such as accidents and injuries from occurring. The following are some ways you can improve young worker safety and health:


  •  Teach your team to identify and correct job hazards.
  •  Supply training about hazards that can be understood by a young workforce.
  •  Comply with all occupational safety and health laws.
  • Take action to prevent falls from heights, exposure to dangerous chemicals, heavy lifting accidents, wet and slippery floors, electrical hazards, and more.
  • Encourage employees to speak up, ask questions, and ask for help if needed.
  • Create a way for others to report unsafe conditions so you are aware of what is going on.
  • Make sure everyone follows the safety rules.
  • Have workers remain alert to what is going on around them.

At Hickey-Finn & Co, Inc, we hope these tips will help you create a safer workplace for all of your employees. It is crucial that you prevent accidents and injuries from occurring while on the job in order to avoid dire consequences, such as a lawsuit or a ruined reputation. Just as your customers should feel safe while browsing your store, so should your team. A happy and protected business property will help everyone on the premises feel more comfortable and remain loyal.