Promoting U Through Safety and Health (PUSH): A Training for Young Workers

Category: Occupational Safety and Health

The goal of this course is to provide young workers (less than 25 years old) with strategies to protect themselves at work. Topics include why young workers are at risk for injuries, finding and controlling hazards, worker rights, communication, workplace violence, harassment, and discrimination, and being alert and ready for work.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is anyone who is new to the workplace, particularly those under the age of 25.


The length for this course is approximately 45 minutes depending on the individual user. Upon completion of the course, you will get a certificate of completion from the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Prerequisite Requirement



Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Domain 3: Communication Skills

3A2. Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images)

3A6. Communicates information to influence behavior and improve health

3A7. Facilitates communication among individuals, group, and organizations

4A2. Describes the diversity of individuals and populations in a community


Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe why young workers are at greater risk for injury and illness.
  • Recognize hazards in the workplace, including those that are unique to young and new workers.
  • Apply effective prevention strategies including communication methods and workplace policies.


Before you begin, please take the pre-test. The pre-test score will not be counted toward your final score.



The content for this course is strategies young workers can use to protect themselves at work.

The course includes learning module with interactivity and scenario application activities, a list of resources, and a posttest at the end of this course. A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of this course. In order to successfully complete this course, you MUST score 70% or higher on the posttest. If you do not receive 70% on the posttest, you may review the material and re-take it.



Funding for this training was provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (U19OH010154).


It was created by the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center with support from:

Development Team: Diane Rohlman, PhD, Megan Parish, MPH, Diane L. Elliot, PhD

Videos: Dawn Jones of Hearts and Sparks Productions


We also thank Portland Parks and Recreation for their enthusiastic support of this project, particularly Barbara Augon, Larissa Doty, and Nancy Roth.


Course contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIOSH.