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Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) Youth Programs

Welcome to the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) youth webpage. AKOSH has partnered with Alaska schools to educate and train young people on workplace safety, with the goal of decreasing teen injuries and fatalities on the job.

For some young people, beginning a new job is both exciting and challenging. However, most teens begin employment without knowing or understanding the laws that protect them or how to stay safe at work. For this reason, AKOSH launched its Youth Employment and Safety program (YES) in 2008.

What is the Youth Employment and Safety (YES) program? The YES Program is a youth outreach program that aims to teach young people about workplace safety. At no cost to schools, an AKOSH youth trainer conducts safety presentations and training exercises at middle schools and high schools statewide. The trainer establishes industry-specific curricula ranging from basic workplace safety to specific certification programs that help Alaska’s youth become more employable. Topics include: avoiding workplace injuries; how to report a safety violation to your supervisor; and understanding your legal rights and responsibilities. Students gain an understanding of the benefits and importance of safe and healthy work practices both on the job and at home.

Thank you for visiting our webpage, and thank you to all the Alaska schools who participate in the AKOSH (YES) program. For information about a youth representative speaking to students at your middle school or high school, call Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Youth Safety at 800-656-4972, or email the Youth Training Coordinator at Elaine.Banda@Alaska.Gov.

For more information contact the Youth Training Coordinator

Elaine Banda
Youth Training Coordinator
Alaska DOLWD, LSS, AKOSH Youth Safety
3301 Eagle Street, #305
Anchorage, AK 99503-4149
Phone 907-269-4955 Fax 907-269-3723
Via e-mail at: or



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