North Country Matters: Job safety a concern as new job seekers enter workforce
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 9:17 am

POTSDAM — Local college seniors have graduated and high school students will be finishing up in just a few weeks. For many young people, they will be joining the work force either on a temporary basis for the summer or going on to first jobs.

For many of these young workers and their families this will be their first work experience and there are health and safety concerns they need to know about to stay safe on the job.

North Country Matters spoke with Jeanette M. Zoeckler, the director of research and special projects for the Occupational Health Clinical Center in Syracuse, and Relani Prudhomme, a former education and outreach specialist with the OHCC, to discuss health and safety considerations for young workers.

They talk about the on-the-job risks for young, untrained workers and how the OHCC can help educate workers and employers to increase job safety for inexperienced employees with NCM host Donna Seymour. The YouTube link for this show is

North Country Matters is a local public affairs video magazine now in its 15th year. The NCM civic partners working to educate North Country residents about critical public policy issues facing our region are the League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County and the Potsdam Public Library. The shows are filmed in the Fred W. Cleveland Computer Center at the Potsdam Library.

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