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An easy way employers can prepare is to integrate training related to safety and health topics into their operational training. An easy way employers can prepare is to integrate training related to safety and health topics into their operational training.(Photo: Shutterstock)

For many young job-seekers, there has never been a better time to apply. The U.S. economy is touting strong numbers, and many sectors are revamping their image to attract the next generation of talent. As companies sift through applications and consider who to hire, it is important business owners across industries take the time to train new employees on workplace safety policies and procedures.

Employers need to remember that not only are they bringing in a youth worker into their workplace, this may also be their very first job having never experienced the workforce at all, says Dan Killins, loss control program manager for EMPLOYERS. According to an EMPLOYERS survey, 27% of small business owners didn’t offer workplace safety training to their new student workers, and, among those that did offer training, only 52% say that it is required. This, coupled with a Bureau of Labor Statistics report which found that 12.9 million 16- to 24-year-olds are participating in the labor market, rather than enrolled in school, presents employers with a number of risks and exposures to account for.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected]

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