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AAOHN J. 2010 Feb;58(2):57-65; quiz 65-7. doi: 10.3928/08910162-20100127-01.

An injury prevention strategy for teen restaurant workers. Washington State's ProSafety project.

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  • 1University of Washington, School of Nursing, Seattle, WA, USA.


High levels of youth employment, workplace hazards, and characteristics unique to adolescents contribute to a relatively high incidence of injuries among teens in the restaurant industry. This article discusses the ProSafety model of injury prevention among teen restaurant workers. Through integration with an existing career and technical education program, the ProSafety project seeks to prevent occupational injuries among the teen worker population through classroom safety education and internship skills reinforcement. ProSafety is the product of an innovative collaboration with occupational health nurses, business professionals, educators, and government. Its approach is derived from Social Cognitive Theory, is consistent with key values and strategies of occupational health nurses, and provides lessons for practitioners seeking to reduce occupational injuries in food service or among other populations of adolescent workers.

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