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JUL 2018

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COATINGSPRO JULY 2018 23 WORK IT SAFE EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITIES FOR YOUNG WORKERS Young workers are those new to the workforce, even up to age 24. Employer responsibilities include: Understanding and complying with the relevant federal and state child labor laws. For example, these laws prohibit youth from working certain hours and from performing dangerous/hazardous work. Ensuring that young workers receive training to recognize hazards and are competent in safe work practices. Training should be in a language and vocabulary that workers can understand and should include prevention of fires, accidents, and violent situations, as well as what to do if injured. I m p l e m e n t i n g a m e n t o r i n g o r b u d d y s y s t e m f o r n e w y o u n g w o r ke r s . Have a n a d u lt o r e x p e r i e n ce d yo u n g w o r ke r a n s w e r que s tion s an d help the new youn g wor ker le ar n the r op e s of a new job. Encouraging young workers to ask questions about tasks or proce- dures that are unclear or not understood. Tell them whom to ask. Remembering that young workers are not just "little adults." You must be mindful of the unique aspects of communicating with young workers. Ensuring that equipment operated by young workers is both legal and safe for them to use. Employers should label equipment that young workers are not allowed to operate. Telling young workers what to do if they get hurt on the job. For more information, contact: OSHA, www.osha.gov Having a strong safety culture is great, but to protect customers, employers, and employees, compa- nies need to take the next step and document and preserve safety actions. W hy? Because accidents happen — even when you've done everything reasonable to prevent them — and proper documentation can protect you from the inevitable legal review when a jobsite incident occurs. Collecting and storing safety documentation can be overwhelming, and using paper may increase your risk of losing critical, legally protec- tive data. For this reason, you should consider electronic documentation and mobile data collection technologies to support your safety culture. Mobile data collection has revolu- tionized safety-related processes, and it may significantly decrease costs and regulatory liabilities, help build a culture of safety, and ultimately save lives. Mobile Data Field Collection Mobile technology is part of all our personal and business lives. Mobile devices are readily available, whether they are personal devices or corpo- rate-owned. is means that many of your workers are probably already familiar with this type of data collection. Additionally, it's easily accessed from remote sites and can often be obtained through lightweight devices, a plus when working with heavy tools. Leveraging new mobile data collection technologies may improve your processes and increase profitability. erefore, it's important that you pick the right one. ere are several things to bear in mind when evaluating a mobile data collection solution: • Network: If your team is out of range of a mobile network, either WiFi or cellular, your system should be able to still collect data, then seamlessly sync and upload it when you are in range. • Foundation: Mobile data collection solutions can either be web- or app-based. We recommend the app-based approach as that allows you to continue your work uncon- nected (i.e., you don't have to have web access to make it work). This doesn't mean that the solution shouldn't have a web portal that you can use to generate reports or analyze results — or even make those reports available to your customers — but it does mean that you need to be able to use the appli- cation in the field, just as you would with paper and a clipboard. • Connection: Your mobile app should be flexible enough to map to your current (and evolving) safety meeting work process. Most of this will be standard, but if you need to change something, it should be easy and cost effective to do so, whether this is done by your vendor or by yourself. Safety Watch

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