Texas Legislation Promotes Teen Workplace Safety Training in Schools

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On June 9, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed House Bill 2010, Relating to providing workplace safety training information for use in the public school curriculum, into law. The new law encourages school districts and educators to include workplace safety training information in the curriculum of appropriate courses for students in grades 7–12. AIHA is honored to have worked on this legislation with Texas State House Representative Dr. Greg Bonnen, who introduced the bill, and State Senator Larry Taylor, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. “This new law represents both a challenge and opportunity for Texas and the nation,” said AIHA’s immediate Past President Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP, who testified before Texas State House and Senate committees in support of this bill. “The challenge is to now work with schools and school districts to implement the law—and for other States to enact similar legislation. The opportunity is for AIHA’s members to make real progress toward improving teen workplace health and safety by working with policymakers—just like all six of our Texas Local Sections did to help move this bill into law.” AIHA has been working to improve teen workplace safety for some time. The association recently partnered with experts at NIOSH to develop the Safety Matters program, which is intended to raise awareness among teens about workplace health and safety and provide basic skills that contribute to a safe work environment. The program is free and voluntary, and requires no special training to deliver. Through Safety Matters, students are exposed to in-demand professions such as industrial hygiene and are better prepared for the potential hazards of their future workplaces. Visit AIHA’s Safety Matters Center online. To learn about how to get involved in similar efforts, email Mark Ames, AIHA’s director of Government Relations.

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