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Workplace Health and Safety for Teens - Student Program

This interactive program designed specifically for high school students and their teachers is a great opportunity for students to learn about new career opportunities, to see the relevance of health and safety to a wide range of career and industries, and to help students learn about their rights as young workers.

In addition to our annual personal protective equipment fashion show and exhibit hall exploration, in past years, the student program has also included activities such as hands-on ergonomic stations, interactive noise exposure activities, and even an opportunity for students to meet with the Governor of Washington.

Why is safety and health important to high school students?

State and national data have found that young workers have an injury rate that is two times higher than that of adult workers. Some of these incidents involve serious injuries causing life-long disability. Teens have also been killed on the job. Each year at least 1,000 youth under the age of 18 are injured on the job in Washington State. Although law prohibits many hazardous duties for workers under 18, the majority of these injuries occur during work that is permitted by child labor regulations. Teens are our future adult workforce and are a vulnerable population that needs special protections.

Summary of Conference highlights for students and teachers: 
bulletHands-on demonstrations.
bulletExhibit Hall Search.
bulletCareer exploration opportunities.
bulletBasic overview of the importance of job safety.
bulletExamples of job hazards teens face on the job.
bulletDemonstrations of personal protective equipment.
bulletFree conference registration for students and their teachers.
Student Program details

Because this conference happens so early in the school year, it is important you mark it on your calendars now! We recommend that you talk with your building administrator and vocational director before the school year begins to make arrangements for any approvals you might need, including student transportation arrangements, and a substitute if necessary.

We still want to hear from you if you are interested in bringing students, but not yet sure if you can attend.

Registration for the student program will be on a first come/first served basis. There is no cost to teachers who attend the program with their students. So that we can accommodate as many students as possible, we do ask for a commitment if you do plan on attending.

General Information about the Conference: 

Co-sponsored by the Governorís Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries, this annual conference attracts nearly 3,000 safety and health professionals from around the state. It features industry-specific sessions ranging from agriculture and aerospace to forest products and health care. The two-day conference offers a variety of panel discussions, blockbuster presentations, demonstrations, exhibitions and other safety-and-health-related activities.

Contact information:

If you have additional questions about the program, or think you would be interested in bringing students please contact:

Mary Miller at
(360) 902-6041 or

For other conference information and registration details not related to the student program, contact:

Teri Neely, Conference Manager
(360) 902-5446 or