Denmark: Occupational health and safety initiatives for children and young people

The annual report on the occupational health and safety of children and young people documents initiatives from a range of public actors. The report also shows a small decline in the number of work-related accidents among young people under 18 years of age. 

In Denmark, the public actors working to improve occupational health and safety all work under the Working Environment Council strategy (in Danish, 29 KB PDF), which was adopted in 2011 and runs until 2020. Part of the strategy is to have a specific focus on improving the occupational health and safety of children and young people and to publish an annual update on efforts and initiatives.

The National Working Environment Council (Arbejdsmiljørådet) has just published the annual status report on the occupational health and safety of children and young people 2014–2015 (in Danish, 948 KB PDF). The status report shows that the public and tripartite actors working in this area have all been involved in initiatives intended to improve the situation for under 18s, with a particular focus on young people entering the labour market. The service sector has a high number of young people working part time, and there are specific materials and campaigns on good safety culture for this sector. The annual report provides an overview of research projects, campaigns and statistics on occupational health and safety of children and young people.

Among the efforts in promoting health and safety among young people is the website www.ungmedjob.dk targeting young employees. Another promotional tool targeting young people is the app 'safe job start' (Sikker jobstart) developed by the Service Sector’s Working Environment Council. It is an educational app that can be used by teachers and students in relevant educational institutions.

The Danish Working Environment Authority has carried out a special inspection campaign targeting summer jobs for employees under 18 years of age. As part of the campaign, 112 inspections have been carried out among high-risk sectors for young people, such as restaurants and shops.  

The annual report also provides data on work-related accidents. The data show a small decline in the number of work-related accidents among those under 18, down from 110 accidents in 2012 to 100 accidents in 2013.

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