Employment of young persons

A health and safety briefing provided by the IET.

There are specific regulations relating to the employment of people over the school leaving age (generally 16 years) but less than 18 years old.  This would for example include school leavers who are training to become electricians and cable installers.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 imposes a general duty upon employers to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees.

Specific legislative requirements concerned with the protection of young persons include Regulation 19 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (Formerly the Health and Safety (Young Persons) Regulations 1997), and the Working Time Regulations 1998, which extend the requirement to carry out a risk assessment to include risks to young persons, require certain information to be given to employees and to the parents/guardians of children, and require young persons to be protected from any risks at work.