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Young Workers

Young Workers (people under 18 years of age) are a particular group of people at risk in the workplace due to their lack of knowledge, experience and immaturity.
When carrying out a  risk assessment you should always consider the characteristics of young people so you will not be required to complete a new assessment every time a young person starts work in the organisation. However you may need to modify your assessment to deal with any particular work situations or any unacceptable risks. Unacceptable risks include;-
  • Physical / Psychological
  • Toxic or Carcinogenic substances
  • Radiation
  • Lack of experience, training or attention to safety.
  • Extreme heat, noise and vibration.
Where the young person is not over the minimum school leaving age (MSLA). A copy of the risk assessment should be provided to the parents or guardian.


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