Safety and health at work

National Safe Jam 2018

The ILO SafeYouth@Work brought youth champions in partnership with AYOSH to convene the very first National Safe Jam with youth leaders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Moving forward in engaging young people to advocate for occupational safety and health (OSH) among young workers, the Philippine youth OSH champions who call themselves the Advancement on Youth Occupational Safety and Health or AYOSH partnered with the ILO SafeYouth@Work Project, funded by the United States Department of Labor. The partnership convened the very first National Safe Jam – a gathering of young people from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Young people expressed interest and potential to contribute to increasing awareness among the youth about OSH issues in the country, and in particular to increase understanding of youth workplace vulnerability.

Held on 15 December 2018 at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), the National SafeJam gathered sixty (60) youth representatives who went through a selection process done by the ILO and AYOSH. Designed as a highly participatory workshop event, the National SafeJam provided the youth comprising of leaders from schools and communities around the country the venue to gain a better understanding of their OSH rights and responsibilities, to work together to identify their own OSH issues and develop prototype solutions to these issues.

One prototype solution developed was the “Safe Play Trip”: a mobile play where young artists will visit communities to educate young people and their parents about key OSH concepts including depictions of OSH incidents which involves young workers. Meanwhile, another youth group designed a prototype on “daily advancement reminders on OSH or DARE-OSH” where snippets of OSH information may be collected by students whenever they buy items at a school canteen. The collected information – which are written in stubs - may thereafter be exchanged for OSH-related items such as personal protective equipment (PPEs), information materials, and other paraphernalia.

The event also opened the channels for networking among the youth and OSH stakeholders. In addition to getting to know AYOSH, the youth participants also interacted with officials of the OSHC, the Employee Compensation Commission (ECC) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a key step in sustaining efforts to strengthen OSH advocacy by young persons, and building a culture of OSH prevention.

Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-26690-14-75-K-11.

This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government. One hundred percentage of the total costs of the project or programme is financed with Federal funds, for a total of 11,443,156 dollars.