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Work Safely Advice for Teens from the American Academy of Family Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 01, 2002
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
Different jobs pose different safety risks. In the food service industry, individuals should be aware of slippery floors; hot pans, stoves and grills; and sharp objects. In retail or sales positions, teens should watch out for violent crimes such as robberies, and should be careful lifting heavy objects. With janitorial positions, teens should be familiar with the chemicals they are using and use caution around toxic cleaning supplies, and blood on discarded needles. In an office setting, teens should recognize signs of stress, or harassment, and poor computer work-station design which could cause repetitive movement problems.
Summer should be a safe and fun time of year. All teens should be cautious in the workplace and be aware of potential hazards.
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