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Young workers' occupational safety and health risks in the Nordic countries

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An attractive working environment that is inclusive and prevents work-related health problems is important to ensure that as many as possible can participate in the working life. During the Swedish presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers 2013, the focus is on youth. This also includes the working conditions of young workers. This report has been prepared for a conference that is held in October 2013 by the Swedish Presidency of cooperation with the Swedish ILO Committee and The Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health (NIVA). The objective of the report is to provide important new insight into understanding and preventing young workers’ occupational safety and health (OSH) risks in the Nordic countries. The report provides a brief overview of the context of youth employment and its legal framework, the sectors young workers are employed in, the occupational safety and health hazards they are exposed to and the nature of their injuries and health outcomes.

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The objective of this report is to provide important new insight into understanding and preventing young (aged 15–24) workers’ occupational safety and health (OSH) risks in the Nordic countries. The report provides a short overview of the context of youth employment, young worker legislation, the sectors young workers are employed in, the OSH hazards they are exposed to and the nature of their injuries and health outcomes. Some of the negative effects of exposure to OSH risks are immediate, whereas other effects may first be detectable when a person is in their 30’s or 40’s. Although the risk of non-fatal injury is 40–50% greater for young workers, the injuries are often less servere than for older workers.

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