The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) recently added an industry-recognized basic construction safety course for anyone enrolled in one of its installation programs. This course is free to all incoming and incumbent VSI Installation Program participants.
The CareerSafe® online program is an interactive, online program that addresses the high priority safety training needs of young workers. With the CareerSafe® philosophy, “StartSafe. StaySafe,” students learn about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace and gain valuable knowledge about how they can protect themselves and others.
According to BLS.gov, there were approximately 20.3 million young people entering the workforce under the age of 24 in 2021—but it doesn’t mean these young workers are necessarily prepared and able to handle risks and hazards that can occur in a work environment. Not being knowledgeable about hazards related to a specific job or knowing how to assess and correct a problem can lead to devastating injuries, or even death.
The good news is that safety training can make workers more conscious of hazards and risks such as falls, vehicle accidents, overexertion injuries and workplace violence. Based on current statistics, young workers, ages 16-24, continue to have the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses; greater than any other age group.
By preparing students for their first entry-level jobs and future career opportunities through safety and health training, young workers will be more capable of protecting themselves and others.
Throughout the safety program, students explore a wide range of occupational safety and health topics including Introduction to OSHA, common physical and health hazards, hazard identification, and how to protect themselves from hazards, all intended to help them StartSafe. StaySafe. ®
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