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Drafting Committee - SafeYouth@Work Action Plan

1. Background

21st century youth have a critical role to play in building the Future of Work, including by securing their
rights to occupational safety and health. To build a more promising future, youth need to collaborate
with each other and with adults - on their own terms - to address the challenges of reducing workplace
injuries and illnesses. Stronger youth engagement is essential to meet the shifting challenges of
globalization, and should therefore be a priority for policy makers, the social partners and all members
of civil society. Public institutions must be prepared to support youth in meeting the challenge of
determining their future, by providing them with the resources and the civic space they need.

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 8.8 – Protect labour rights and promote safe
and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women
migrants, and those in precarious employment – presents an important opportunity to engage youth
as a critical constituency. The SDGs also provide a platform from which young women and men can
contribute to sounder OSH policy and more effective and sustainable interventions.

Young workers are 40% more likely to suffer injuries at work than older workers but progress to reduce
the rate has stalled. Over the past 2 years the ILO has sought to address the knowledge deficit on
youth OSH vulnerability in an effort to better protect young workers and to improve their OSH
conditions. At the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore, the ILO took a first
step to foster a cross-generational exchange between OSH experts, policymakers, employer and
worker representatives and young professionals on the subject of “OSH for Youth”. 125 young
workers, employers, Government officials and students gained the knowledge and skills to strengthen
their understanding and awareness of their workplace safety rights. The SafeYouth@Work Congress
also enhanced important life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and interpersonal skills.
This exchange has led to the development of a framework for action over the coming years – the
SafeYouth@Work Action Plan. The ILO will launch this SafeYouth@Work Action Plan on 28 April 2018
– World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The Action Plan is part of the ILO’s SafeYouth@Work

In 2018, the LABADMIN/OSH Branch will use the World Day for Safety and Health at Work platform to
increase global awareness on the issue of OSH for Young Workers including: the relationship to
eliminating Hazardous Child Labour; why this is a pivotal issue for the future of work and inclusive and
sustainable development (SDG 8); and what global stakeholders can do to support safe and healthy
work environments and promote real reductions in work-related injuries and illnesses among youth
aged 15-24.

The campaign seeks to:

 promote the issue of young worker OSH vulnerability at national and international level;
 provide hands-on tools for how to reduce young worker injury and illness rates;
 reinforce a nascent tripartite plus network of youth OSH advocates;
 position OSH for youth as a cross-cutting ILO theme, building on collaboration with other ILO
Branches and Departments including ILO Fundamentals; and,
 highlight the importance of addressing young worker OSH vulnerability as part of ILO’s Future
of Work, Centenary planning and SDG contributions.

The SafeDay Campaign deliverables will include the following products:

 SafeYouth@Work Action Plan document;
 Technical Brief on young worker vulnerability;
 ILO InfoStory on young worker vulnerability;
 ILO SafeDay website, toolbox, campaign materials and design graphics;
 High-level SafeDay event in New York;
 SafeYouth@Work Project country events in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Viet
Nam and possibly beyond; and
 ILO HQ internal communications event.

The SafeYouth@Work Action Plan – a critical element of the SafeDay Campaign – seeks to further
innovate ways to reduce the high incidence rate of injuries to young workers and lay the foundation
for a culture of prevention on OSH. These solutions will directly connect with youth and will resonate
at the same time with a broader OSH community to get all key actors involved in securing a safer and
healthier Future of Work. Concrete steps under the SafeYouth@Work Action Plan will involve various
key actors essential to driving sustainable reductions in youth OSH vulnerability. These actors are:
Governments; workers’ organizations; employers’ organizations; youth; and youth organizations.

For each actor the SafeYouth@Work Action Plan will identify concrete steps to drive change on OSH
for youth across five areas of critical concern:

 Research – research activities to enhance OSH knowledge and build a platform for evidence-
based engagement by and with youth;
 Education – education and training to foster work attitudes and knowledge that fully
integrate safety and health for old and young workers and employers alike;
 Compliance – OSH compliance policy to meaningfully address (young) worker and employer
behaviour and drive efficient resource allocation;
 Advocacy – advocacy initiatives to drive attitudinal change on the importance of protecting
young persons on the job; and
 Networks – building and leveraging networks and platforms to promote the exchange of
knowledge and drive a culture of prevention.

In order to receive inputs for all five pillars of the Action Plan, the SafeYouth@Work Project team has
carried out various consultation sessions:

 A+A Congress in Düsseldorf, Germany, 17-20 October 2017;

 IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, Buenos Aires, Argentina,
14-16 November 2017;
 Labour Inspection Academy, ITC-ILO, Turin, Italy, 1 December 2017;
 OSH in SMEs, ITC-ILO, Turin, Italy, 13 December 2017; and

 Subregional Consultation - SafeYouth@Work Action Plan, Jakarta, Indonesia, 22-25 January

In parallel, individual interviews were conducted with OSH Experts who provided valuable inputs to
the draft SafeYouth@Work Action Plan. In addition, the Youth Champions who participated in the
SafeYouth@Work Congress in Singapore took the initiative to collect their own inputs to the
SafeYouth@Work Action Plan through an online platform. The SafeYouth@Work Project team has
also extensively shared information and encouraged inputs into the online platform:

2. Objectives & Set-Up of the Drafting Committee

The objective of the Drafting Committee is to bring together the inputs received as outlined above
and to develop the SafeYouth@Work Action Plan by early March 2018 for translation into French and
Spanish and launch by SafeDay 2018.

The Drafting Committee for the SafeYouth@Work Action Plan will be composed of members with
different backgrounds, specific technical expertise, representing diverse countries and regions of the
world, as well as the Youth Champions. They will be working together to prepare a final version of the
text displaying concrete steps and actions under the SafeYouth@Work Action Plan.

The SafeYouth@Work Project team will be secretariat of the Drafting Committee and will be
responsible for developing a “zero draft SafeYouth@Work Action Plan document”, as well as an
overview sheet on the consultation process and all inputs received. The secretariat will also be
responsible for setting up a first preparatory meeting for all members of the Drafting Committee
(January 2018). Finally, it will also be responsible for setting up a live meeting in Geneva and an online
platform (google docs) so that all members of the Drafting Committee will be able to provide inputs
into the SafeYouth@Work Action Plan draft documents. There will be three iterations of the

3. Tasks of the Drafting Committee

Members of the Committee are expected to dedicate up to one full working week within a 5 week
timeframe. Tasks may include

 Sharing technically sounds and appropriate inputs into the draft SafeYouth@Work Action
Plan in writing within the deadlines provided and via google docs;
 If appropriate/necessary, gathering additional inputs from the groups they are representing;
 Being collaborative and taking on a global view of the issues being discussed;
 Reading meeting material before attending meetings to ensure that the Committee can have
full and informed discussions; and
 If logistically feasible, attending a full-day working meeting at ILO HQ in February 2018.

4. Composition of the Drafting Committee & Secretariat


 Nick Levintow, CTA, SafeYouth@Work Project, ILO HQ

Members (total ten):

 Representative from the worker side: to be nominated by ITUC

 Representative from the employer side: to be nominated by IOE
 Five Youth Champion representatives: to be determined via competitive selection process
among all 124 Youth Champions (see below)
 Representative of FUNDAMENTALS Branch: to be nominated by FUNDAMENTALS
 ILO Senior OSH Specialist for the Southern Cone of Latin America: Carmen Bueno
 SafeYouth@Work Project: Duyen Nguyen Ngoc (CO-Hanoi)

Composition of the Secretariat

 Representative from SafeYouth@Work Project: Valentine Offenloch, Sylvi Simonnet and

Kathy Brimon
 Representative from Youth4OSH Project: Dylan van Tromp

Selection of the Five Youth Champions representatives

Among the 124 Youth Champions who attended the SafeYouth@Work Congress in September 2017,
five Youth Champions will be representing the network of Youth Champions and participate actively
in the Drafting Committee to develop the SafeYouth@Work Action Plan. The SafeYouth@Work Project
will develop a call for expression of interest containing various questions related to the motivation
and skills of the Youth Champions. The Project will select the best applicants, bearing in mind regional
diversity, level of OSH knowledge, experience in drafting similar documents and affiliation to the ILO’s