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
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.
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.