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Protecting Young Employees in Their First Job

For many young people, getting their first job is a dream come true. It’s their opportunity to earn an income and learn about financial responsibility and independence. According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, “Restaurants and other eating and drinking businesses employ 11.6 million people in the United States. Nearly 30% of these employees are under 20 years of age. Many young workers’ first work experience is in the restaurant industry.”

While many young people are working their first jobs, managers often need an ally to help ensure that the young workers are taken care of and ready to work without any issues. Occupational medical clinics provide essential services that can benefit businesses employing young workers by enhancing workplace safety, improving health outcomes, and ensuring compliance with regulatory standards. Here are the top 20 ways these clinics can assist:

Pre-employment Physicals: Assessing the physical suitability of young candidates for specific job roles to ensure they can safely perform the required tasks.

Nervous Young Person at first jobWorkplace Safety Training: Offering training specific to the industry to educate young workers about potential hazards and safe practices.

Zero Tolerance Policy: Pre-employment or random testing services are offered whether an employer is just starting a program or ensuring a long-term safe workplace.

Ergonomic Assessments: Providing evaluations and recommendations to adjust workstations to fit young workers properly, preventing musculoskeletal injuries.

Injury Treatment and Management: Offering immediate medical care for workplace injuries, avoiding the emergency room, and ongoing management to ensure a safe and timely return to work.

Immunization Programs: Providing necessary vaccines to prevent illnesses that can be contracted in the workplace, such as flu shots.

Chronic Disease Management: Helping young workers manage chronic conditions, ensuring they do not impact their work performance.

Compliance with Regulations: Assisting businesses in complying with occupational health and safety laws, which may vary by jurisdiction and industry.

Emergency Preparedness Training: Training employees in emergency procedures, including first aid and CPR, which are critical in high-risk environments.

Back Injury Prevention: Educating on proper lifting techniques and providing physical training to prevent common injuries.

By integrating these services, occupational medical clinics help businesses protect and support their young workforce, enhance operational efficiency, and maintain a safer, healthier workplace environment.

If your team of any age can benefit from an occupational medical clinic, rest assured that occupational medicine focuses on workplace safety in all workplaces. From physical exams to ideas that help establish a culture of safety, Jet Medical Center’s staff of physicians can provide services to your team at our office or your work site. Call, click, or message us today to put our expertise to work for you and your business.

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Who is Jet Medical Center®?

Jet Medical Center® is a leading provider of occupational medicine services in the Tallahassee area. We develop, with our client partners, a customized healthcare plan to fit your company’s needs today and into the future.

Our experienced staff of clinicians provides excellent medical care and understands the Worker’s Compensation system and its impact on your company’s financial health. Your employees will have less downtime with fewer complications, reducing overall medical costs.


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