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Pawtucket Red Sox to Receive State's 'Safe Place for Teens to Work' Award

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) will award the State's Safe Place for Teens to Work Award to the Pawtucket Red Sox at a pre-game ceremony at McCoy Stadium tomorrow.

The award recognizes the Pawtucket Red Sox's commitment to providing teenagers with a place to work that is safe and healthy, and allows them to remain focused on their studies. This is the fifth time that the Pawtucket Red Sox have received the Safe Place for Teens to Work Award. The organization employs approximately 280 teenagers annually.

"A part-time job is a great way for teenagers to learn lessons about responsibility and hard work, but nothing is more important than teenagers' safety and their academics," said Michael Fine, M.D., director of HEALTH. "The Pawtucket Red Sox clearly understand this and are setting an example for the type of commitment that employers should be making to their teenage employees."

The game against the Columbus Clippers will begin at 12:05 p.m. The ceremony will take place at 11:40 a.m.

The ceremony at McCoy Stadium comes two weeks after the end of Teen Worker Safety Week in Rhode Island. To raise awareness about the hazards that teenagers may face in the workplace, Governor Lincoln Chafee declared April 14-20, 2013 Teen Worker Safety Week in Rhode Island. Worksite injury and illness rates for teenagers are higher than injury and illness rates for members of any other comparably-sized age bracket in the American workforce. Reasons for these elevated rates of injury and illness include lack of worker experience, inadequate training, and the reluctance that some teens feel about speaking up when they are in unsafe situations.

During the next eight months, HEALTH's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 21(d) Consultation Program will roll out a teen worker safety education campaign in English and Spanish.

To receive the Safe Place for Teens to Work Award, employers must have (among other requirements):

A policy that requires teenagers' shifts to end no later than 11:30 p.m. on school nights A safety training program for teenagers before teenagers begin their jobs Policies that prevent teenagers from operating dangerous equipment Policies that prevent teenagers from being unsupervised at work A supervisor older than age 18 on duty at all times A strict policy against workplace violence and sexual harassment

For more information about teen worker safety, visit www.health.ri.gov/healthy/workplaces/teenworkersafety

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Department or agency: Department of Health

Online: http://www.health.ri.gov

Release date: 04-29-2013

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