On the occasion of the World Day for Health and Safety at Work, the Authority for Children and Adolescents reaffirmed the importance of protecting our young people, especially following the accidents that occurred to their detriment during periods of school-work alternation.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The aim of its 2023 edition of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (OSH) is to celebrate the recognition of a “safe and healthy working environment” as a “fundamental principle and labor right”, a concept underlined by the International Labor Organization on its website. This day was established to shed light on the Thracian problem of accidents at work, which in 2022 caused an average of three deaths a day, for a total of 1090 deaths in the workplace, the last of the environments in which certain facts should occur. Especially if young people, students and minors are involved.
The words of the Authority for childhood and adolescence
“Guaranteeing health and safety in the workplace is a fundamental issue, which becomes all the more essential when minors are employed. In fact, workers under the age of 18 have the right to be trained not only for the job they are carrying out: they have the right to receive adequate education and training, including on the rules and tools set up to protect their safety”. The Guarantor Authority for childhood and adolescence declared it to reiterate it on the occasion of this important day, also following the current investigation underway that it is carrying out together with the Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research and Censis in the scope of the FaSe project (Safe training in adolescence)”.
Minors and work: the tragedies of internships
The increase in accidents at work involving minors leads “to fear that, despite the numerous rules on safety, prevention and protection are still insufficient to ensure full implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and of adolescence. A theme that has unfortunately returned to the limelight also following the death of Giuliano Seta, 18, during the period of school-work alternation.