Are you hiring?

May 27, 2021
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Written by Washington Retail
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Seasonal work this time of year creates a need to hire additional help, which usually consists of younger workers.

Workers between the ages of 15 and 24 are the largest percentage of the part-time, temporary, and seasonal workforce. They are a tremendous asset to many organizations, tackling jobs with energy and enthusiasm.

But due to lack of experience and training, this group has 3-4 times higher accident levels. So, providing extra training or even pairing up with a more seasoned employee to guide them, is a wonderful way to lower the odds of accidents happening to these new hires.

A tool to help you with additional training is SAFEME a free app with basic safety lessons that can be used to provide that extra training or to act as a refresher course for anyone. This is available anytime or anywhere.

A safe workplace is a team effort. If you are an experienced worker, speak up if you observe young workers committing unsafe acts or failing to wear appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). If it appears that your young co-worker has not received adequate training or has not understood the task, tell a supervisor. Set a good example and show new workers the right way to perform tasks – the safe way!

WR employs Rick Means, Director of Safety and Education, who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 118 or [email protected]