Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

 If you’ve arrived at this page, you more than likely share our interest in protecting youth at work from exposure to hazardous conditions and guaranteeing their entitlement under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to a safe and healthful job.

Did you know that every 9 minutes, somewhere in the U.S., a teenager is injured seriously enough on the job to go to a hospital emergency room? In 2015, 403 workers younger than the age of 24 died from work-related injuries.  Twenty four of those deaths were of youths under 18 years of age.

AFT CTE faculty have stepped up to the challenge of arming students with the safety skills they need to protect themselves and their co-workers through the OSHA Outreach Training Program.

The AFT recognizes the power of the OSHA Outreach Training Program to provide training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards. Outreach classes also provide overview information regarding OSHA, including workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.  The program emphasizes the value of safety and health to workers, including young workers. The OSHA Training Institute through its national network authorizes qualified individuals to become OSHA Outreach Trainers. Many CTE faculty qualify under the program. 

The AFT has provided free training to over 150 career technical educators in Connecticut, New York City and Chicago.  These educators are now Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainers and are able to deliver 10- and 30-hour outreach classes to their students in construction and general industry. Additionally, their AFT locals have worked in partnership with their school districts to incorporate this material into curriculum and to provide the funding necessary for the purchase of the credentials ($8/student) for their students. 

The AFT community is here to share materials primarily created by AFT educators for teaching OSHA 10 and 30 classes.  OSHA and other health and safety resources are also available.    Resources are organized by industry (construction or general industry) and then by topic (hazard communication, walking working surfaces, electrical, etc.). 

We encourage you to share your OSHA 10 and 30 lesson plans as well.  To upload……………..

To become an Authorized Outreach Trainer, interested individuals must meet industry safety experience requirements and complete a two week training course in the applicable OSHA standards and a trainer course to become authorized. If you are interested in more information about this program, please contact:  Amy [email protected] or 202-879-4731.