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The UK National WiseUp2Work Day will be held on Wednesday 30 August 2006: National Day to focus on reducing Carnage

August 2006

On average, 10 young people are killed and 2,500 badly injured every year.

The UK National WiseUp2Work Day will be held on Wednesday 30 August 2006.

WiseUp2Work is a major initiative by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to address head-on the issue of safety for the under 21s when they are starting work, apprenticeships or work experience. On average, 10 young people are killed and 2,500 badly injured every year.

The aim is to make employers, trainers, youth workers and teachers, and young people themselves, aware of the risks they face in the workplace and what they should be doing to mitigate them. WiseUp2Work is sponsored by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and supported by the National Youth Agency and the British Chambers of Commerce.

National WiseUp2Work Day is being staged at a time when many young people are embarking upon their careers or starting work experience placements, and are at the highest risk. The aim of the day is to highlight the problems, provide guidance through resources and teaching materials, and call for better training and induction of young people in the workplace, so that the number of accidents can be reduced.

IOSH is Europe's leading body for health and safety professionals, with nearly 30,000 members worldwide, including more than 8,000 Chartered Safety and Health Practitioners and 1,400 members in Ireland. The Institution was founded in 1945 and is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that sets professional standards, supports and develops members and provides authoritative advice and guidance on health and safety issues. IOSH is formally recognised by the International Labour Office (ILO) as an international non-governmental organisation.

www.iosh.co.uk

Last month's Focus also draws attention to young people at work with the campaign European Week for Safety and Health at Work 2006 - Safe Start: 23rd - 27th October 2006. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work 2006 campaign slogan is 'Safe Start' and is dedicated to the occupational safety and health (OSH) of young people to ensure a safe and healthy start to their working lives. The Agency's web pages contain helpful information for young people, employers, parents and supervisors of young people.

For more information go to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work website where you can find out more about the week, European Good Practice Awards 2006, ideas, slogans etc http://ew2006.osha.europa.eu/about