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12 February 2018

Half as many workplace accidents among young people educated in occupational safety and health

According to the results of an epidemiological study carried out by France’s National Research and Safety Institute (INRS), young people below the age of 25 who have received education on occupational health and safety during their schooling have half as many accidents at work than those who have not.

In France the annual frequency of workplace accidents for workers in all sectors combined is around 4 %. This rate is 2.5 times higher (10 %) among those under the age of 25, and it is during the transition period from school to work, when they are both young and new to their job, that they are most vulnerable.

Between 2009 and 2014, four groups of students and apprentices under the age of 25 who had completed vocational education were observed over the course of two years in seven regions of France. At the end of the observation period, the data of 755 participants were analysed.

The reported accidents had taken place on average six months after they began working. The workers who had suffered most accidents were construction workers, maintenance workers, chefs, butchers and bakers.

‘Given that 30 % of the jobs held by the participants are not related to their training, and that it is harder now than in the past to predict the career paths of workers, it is vital to include this occupational safety and health training in all courses’, said Stéphanie Boini, head of epidemiological studies in the INRS.

The full results of this study were published in English in BMJ Open:

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