Of Those Hiring, Only Half Require Workplace Safety Training for
Their Student Employees
RENO, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 24, 2014--
Summer jobs at local restaurants, retail stores, medical offices and
many other small businesses may be hard to come by for student workers
this summer. A new poll of small business owners by EMPLOYERS®
(NYSE:EIG), America's small business insurance specialist®,
found that only one in five (19 percent) are planning to hire student
workers this summer. Summer jobs at small businesses will remain flat
compared to last year.
EMPLOYERS Small Business Opinion Poll Snapshot:
19 percent of small businesses are planning to hire student workers
27 percent of small businesses do not offer workplace safety training
for new student workers
52 percent of small businesses that intend to hire students this
summer require they go through workplace safety training
Small businesses that plan to hire students this summer don’t anticipate
much difficulty finding employees. Three-fourths of them said they
expect finding a student worker to be easy. Small businesses value
students because of their flexible schedules (33 percent), lower pay
rate (27 percent) and ability to bring fresh ideas (14 percent).
Most small businesses that are hiring this summer are looking to fill
clerical or office work positions (42 percent) or need help with
construction work or manual labor (41 percent). Only 13 percent plan to
fill restaurant or food service positions and only 4 percent are hiring
for retail jobs.
Among business owners, there is greater demand for college students than
high school students. More than half (53 percent) of small business
owners plan to hire college students this summer, followed by 39 percent
who are looking for high school students. Only 6 percent anticipate
hiring a post-graduate student.
Workplace Safety Training for Students Often Overlooked
“Many small businesses don’t recognize the risks associated with student
workers and don’t provide any type of workplace safety training,” said
EMPLOYERS Chief Operating Officer Stephen V. Festa. “Even though they
may be temporary, these workers are eligible for the same workers’
compensation benefits as full-time employees if they get injured or ill
on the job.”
More than one out of four small business owners polled (27 percent) said
they do not offer workplace safety training for new student workers they
employ. Among those who do offer it, only half (52 percent) say that it
Small businesses that employ students may overlook workplace safety
training due to a false sense of security. “Last summer, only three
percent of business owners who hired students reported that they had one
get injured or ill on the job,” Festa explained. “While a low incident
rate is good news, overlooking workplace safety is a poor business
decision. By creating a culture of safety, costly employee injuries may
Festa recommends small business owners follow these four steps to ensure
the safety of all their employees:
Identify and assess potential hazards: Business owners and
managers should take time to identify and document potential hazards
as well as put proper safety procedures in place before employees use
equipment or materials. For example, rubber-soled shoes should be worn
by all employees in restaurants or warehouses where floors are
slippery. Documenting these procedures is especially important because
it establishes a record that can be referenced in the event of an OSHA
inspection or insurance audit.
Provide education and training: Business owners should
regularly provide all workers with information and training on their
injury and illness prevention programs. It is especially important
that training sessions are held whenever new substances, processes,
procedures or equipment are introduced into the workplace. Training
should include how to identify potential hazards, how to prevent
common accidents and what to do if one occurs. Workers must be trained
in a language that they understand, especially in a bilingual
Enlist management and employee participation: Employees at all
levels should be involved in establishing, implementing and evaluating
safety programs. Managers should be encouraged to lead by example and
be held accountable for workplace safety.
Evaluate program effectiveness: Business owners must routinely
evaluate their workplace safety program. Annual reviews should be
completed or whenever new or previously unknown hazards are discovered.
EMPLOYERS offers additional resources
to help small business owners design and implement workplace safety
programs through its website.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, were collected by SSRS SmallBiz
Omnibus, an independent market research company. Interviews were
completed via telephone with a nationally representative sample of 505
small business owners that have fewer than 100 employees. Fieldwork was
conducted between May 14 and May 29, 2014.
About Employers Holdings, Inc.
Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) is a holding company with
subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers' compensation
insurance and services focused on select small businesses engaged in
low-to-medium hazard industries. The company, through its subsidiaries,
operates throughout the United States. Insurance is offered by Employers
Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company,
Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and Employers Assurance Company,
all rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Additional information
can be found at: www.employers.com.
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Source: Employers Holdings, Inc.
Employers Holdings, Inc.
Ty Vukelich, 775-327-2677
President, Corporate Marketing
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Vice President, Investor Relations