Children and Young Workers

How to comply 2

Type of work – Prohibition of hazardous work

What jobs are minors doing?

  • Make sure that minors are not working in a factory (including a pack house), with or near machinery or in any hazardous work. If hazardous substances are being used, they must not work either directly with them or near where they are being used.
  • Look at the work activities the minor carries out and make sure that these are not harmful to their health or development. Examples of excluded work would include lifting, moving substantial loads on pulley trucks and any work involving chemicals.

Risk assessments

  • For each minor you employ, you must conduct an INDIVIDUAL risk assessment that takes into account the particular risks in your workplace and the possible effects that they may have on the person. You should carry out this risk assessment BEFORE the minor begins work.

The section on 'Working Conditions are Safe and Hygienic' will be helpful in understanding how to conduct a risk assessment.

Supervision of minors

  • The people supervising minors should be made aware of the work restrictions on minors and that they must ensure minors do no more than the risk assessment identifies as being safe.
  • Before starting work, the minor must have been made aware of the jobs/work they are/are not allowed to do on site.

What jobs are young people doing?

  • Make sure that young people are not working with or near machinery or carrying out any hazardous work. If hazardous substances are being used, young workers must not work either directly with them or near where they are being used.
  • Look at the work activities the young worker carries out and make sure that these are not harmful to their health or development. Examples of excluded work would include heavy lifting, moving substantial loads on pulley trucks and any work involving chemicals.

Risk assessments

For each young worker you employ, you must conduct an INDIVIDUAL risk assessment that takes into account the particular risks in your workplace and the possible effects that they may have on the person. You should carry out this risk assessment BEFORE the young worker begins work.

Supervision of young workers

  • The people supervising young workers should be made aware of the work restrictions on young workers and that they must ensure young workers do no more than the risk assessment identifies as being safe. (Book 1 Chapter 3, above)
  • Before starting work, the young worker must have been made aware of the jobs/work they are/are not allowed to do on site.

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