Speaking Out for Young Workers

Speaking Out for Young Workers

Commentary and news on occupational health and safety for young workers.

 

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It's MAGIC!

This week, I had to pleasure of bringing our Young Worker Safety and Health training to MAGIC Camp. What is MAGIC camp, you may be asking yourselves? MAGIC stands for Mentoring a Girl in Construction and is a week long training camp designed to teach young women about careers in construction. All this week, the young women in Waynesboro, Georgia are getting hands on training in carpentry, welding, masonry, and general construction.

Their first day of camp began with our Safety and Health training program. These young women were engaged and excited to not only learn about safety work practices, but they also wanted to hear all about health and safety as a career path. I felted honored to have been given the opportunity to participant in such an empowering program. We ended the day with a lesson on fall protection. Mr. Mike O'Dell, with Brasfield and Gorrie, began the lesson asking each of the girls what they were afraid of and why. We talked about fear, why fear exists, and how we should respond to fear. Talking about how fear is our bodies way of telling us to be careful helped to allow the participants to realize that it is ok to be afraid, take a step back, and ask questions. After the discussion, the girls faced their fear of falling by trying on some fall arrest systems and testing them out on the tripod. Everyone had a blast, but what is more- they were all learning.

After completing the safety and health training course, the girls received pink hard hats, work gloves, safety vests, safety glasses, hearing protection, and a set of pink work tools from the wonderful MAGIC Camp director- Ms. Renee Connor.

To learn more about MAGIC Camp or to find out how you can participate in this free, one-week summer camp, check out their website at: http://www.mentoringagirlinconstruction.com/Home_Page.html.

 

Youth Center to be featured in the Environmental Network Webcasts

The Georgia Envionmental Partnership and the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Insttitute host Envionmental Network Webcasts. The upcoming webcasts will feature the Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute. What to know more about the event and to register for this FREE webinar? Read on...

 

WHAT IS THE LATEST IN ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS?

CAN THE CENTER FOR YOUNG WORKER SAFETY AND HEALTH AT GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH INSTITUTE HELP YOUR COMPANY?

To Learn About These Topics Plan On Attending The June 14 or 16 Webcast That Will Be Broadcast To Any Location.

PROGRAM

The Latest on Greenhouse gas(GHG) regulations

Environmental regulations seem to change at a faster rate each year and keeping up with these regulations is a difficult task.  This session will provide on regulations including greenhouse gases, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) for boilers, the status of State of Georgia storm water general permit and others.  We will tell what we know and don’t know and information from attendees is welcomed.

The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health

The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) provides young workers throughout the Southeast with training and educational resources intended to promote healthy work practices and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.  The center is committed to providing training, educational resources, technical expertise, and an online resource center for young workers and their parents, career and technical teachers and employers.  The center was created in October 2010 with funding from a Susan Harwood grant.

Starting and Ending Times

The webcasts starts promptly at 9:00 AM and will end by noon.  Once you register you will get an email with the contact information,

REGISTRATION

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE WEBCAST BUT YOU MUST REGISTER.

 

To register for the June 14th Webinar:  

 

Title:

Environmental Webinar for June 2011 Thursday Session

Date:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Time:

9:00 AM - 12:00 AM EDT

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/150209793

To register for the June 16th Webinar:

 

Title:

Environmental Webinar for June 2011 Thursday Session

Date:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Time:

9:00 AM - 12:00 AM EDT

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/454814369

 

Contest Winners Announced

Grand Prize Poster Winner

Winners Announced for Contests Co-Sponsored by The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute, the Gulf Coast Safety Institute at the College of the Mainland, the Georgia Struck-By Alliance, and the Georgia Youth Alliance

 

The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute partnered with the Gulf Coast Safety Institute at the College of the Mainland, the Georgia Struck-By Alliance, and the Georgia Youth Alliance to sponsor a Public Service Announcement Video Contest focused on young worker safety and health and a Poster Contest focused on increasing awareness of work zone safety and “Struck By” hazards (i.e. distracted driving and texting while driving). FabEnCo, Inc. – The Safety Gate Company generously donated funding for the contest prizes and the travel expenses for the Grand Prize winners and a chaperone to travel to Washington D.C..

 

The Grand Prize winners participated in activities sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) activities, which were held on May 2, 2011. For more information about NAOSH events go to www.asse.org/naosh11. A link to view the winning posters and videos will be available after the NAOSH week activities.  Eric Beeler (age 16)- from Centennial High School located in Roswell, GA won the Grand Prize for the Public Service Announcement Video Contest  His video is titled “You’re not Alone.”   His teacher is Dr. Thomas Washburn.   The first place video winning team is Akelah Martin and Rashad Rodney, and the second place video winner is Aisha Davis.   Tam Huynh (age 17) and Raymond Zettlemoyer III (age 15)- from Charles Drew High School located in Riverdale, GA won the Grand Prize as a team for the Struck- By Poster Contest.  Their Architecture and Design Teacher is Mr. Arnold Drake.  Their poster is titled “Get the message.”  The first place poster winner is Darriel Holloman, and the second place poster winner is Alexandra Hinson with her poster.

Have a job this summer?

Flyer for Young Worker Summer Camp

If you have a job this summer, you are in luck. The Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at Georgia Tech Research Institute will be hosting a day-long workshop course that will provide comprehensive safety and health training for young workers.

If you are an employer or teacher, you are welcome to also come to the class. For teachers and employers, we will be providing not only the handouts and PowerPoint presentations that our young workers will receive, but you will also receive detailed instructor notes and lesson plans so that you will be able to teach the curriculum for your own students or employees.

To register for this event, please complete the registration form.

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