Georgia HOSA State Conference

Students working on developing their hazard maps.

Last week, my colleague Vicki Ainslie and I had the pleasure of attending the Georgia Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Annual State Leadership conference in Athens, GA. Participants of this conference are high school students and their teachers, who participant in the HOSA student association, which promotes students to study career opportunities in the health care industry and how to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. The students have the opportunity to compete in 54 competitive events that cover topics ranging from health science related events, health professions events, emergency preparedness events, leadership events, teamwork events, and recognition events.

We were there to present several sections of our young worker general safety and health awareness training. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet so many young individuals eager to learn about how to identify and protect themselves from safety and health hazards in the workplace.

Part of the class includes an activity where the participants get to actually map out where there are potential hazards in their individual jobsites. After the participants map out the hazards, they get in front of the class and discuss where the hazards are located, and then they classify the different types of hazards as being safety hazards, chemical hazards, biological hazards, “pressure cooker” or stress related hazards, or other types of hazards not otherwise classified. 

After the hazards were identified and mapped out, we discussed as a group what methods could be employed to make the jobsites they selected safer. The participants asked excellent questions and it lead to a discussion of work rights and responsibilities, in particular what young workers can and cannot do according to child labor laws.

For more information about the Georgia HOSA State Leadership Conference please visit their website.


Until next time,

Jenny Houlroyd