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Young People at Work

Young people, particularly those who are new to the workplace are at increased risk of injury. This may be due to their lack of experience, lack of physical or mental maturity, or lack of confidence to ask for help.

 

Anyone who has young people in the workplace should help them to understand the importance of health and safety at work. This will serve the young person well throughout their working life, as well as in their current position.

 

Employing Young People

There are restrictions on the type of work which young people can be employed to do. Further guidance on these restrictions can be found on the Child Employment pages of the Bedford Borough Council website.

 

Before a young person under 18 years of age starts work, the employer must assess the risks to the young person. This risk assessment can then be used to determine the control measures required to reduce the risks to the young person so far as reasonably practicable. This may include prohibiting young people from certain activities or tasks.

 

Further advice and guidance regarding the health and safety of young people at work can be found on the HSE website.

 

Work Experience

Children can undertake work experience placements in areas of work which they would otherwise be prohibited from working in.

 

In the same way as when a young person is to be employed, a risk assessment for the young person should be carried out. It may also be necessary to provide induction training to the young person beford they start their placement.

 

Further information regarding work experience placements can be found on the HSE website.

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