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.



Young workers' health outcomes

As noted in chapter 2.3, there are a number of challenges in estimating the absolute prevalence of health outcomes (underreporting, lack of accurate exposure data, etc.) for young workers. Due to the delayed (latent) effects of health outcomes, injury studies of young workers are more in focus. Even when young men and women are employed to do the same job, in practice, the tasks they carry out can often be gender-segregated – with males often being exposed to greater OSH risks. Women, on the other hand, work more often than men in jobs involving fast repetitive motion – which can result in both acute and latent musculoskeletal disorders.


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