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Worker Safety and Health Challenge aims to educate young workers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is challenging computer developers, students, and anyone with creative and technical skills to enter the Worker Safety and Health Challenge to address the need for improved safety among younger workers.

The competition is being held to create a tool that will highlight the importance of identifying and preventing hazards and help younger workers understand their rights at U.S. workplaces. The DOL is calling for participants to design the tool for internet browsers, smartphones, feature phones, and social media platforms, or as applications for either Windows or Macintosh operating systems. The top prize is $15,000 and the deadline for submission is November 30, 2012.

"New technologies have the promise of making our safety and health resources even more accessible for workers and employers," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "Successful proposals could take many different forms, such as interactive and informative games, a smartphone app, social or professional networks, or data visualization."

Protect young workers by providing thorough training on workplace hazards, the required safety gear, and ensuring the appropriate safety products, such as hard hats, safety glasses, and fall protection are used.