Young people in the workplace

26 August 2021

When young people start work for the first time, they may be at greater risk of injury than other staff.

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This could be where young people are on work experience placements, starting apprenticeships, or as employees – including on a part-time or casual basis.

Whatever the extent to which young people are involved in your workplace, there may be some additional steps you will need to take to make sure that they remain safe. In most cases, you will already have the necessary health and safety precautions in place to protect others, so for many low-risk situations this should be straightforward.

You may need to:

  • identify where any young people work or are involved in volunteering activities at your workplace
  • check the precautions you have taken are adequate, identifying any additional ones that are needed and who will be responsible for implementing them
  • make sure that young people know how to work safely, buy providing adequate information, training and supervision
  • document your arrangements and responsibilities for ensuring the safety of young persons, keeping certain records.