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Are you a working teen? What you should know about safety and health on the job.

Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-132, 1997 Jan; :1-4
This pamphlet discussed questions concerning what to do if a teenage worker gets hurt on the job, the rights of a teenage worker, identification of hazards on the job, types of work the teenage worker should perform, the safety responsibilities of the worker, working hours, and where to go if help is needed. Teenage workers often find themselves injured on the job due to unsafe equipment, stressful conditions, and speedup. They frequently have not received adequate safety instruction and are not supervised well. Some types of hazards which may be encountered included toxic chemicals in cleaning products, blood on discarded needles, slippery floors, hot cooking equipment, sharp objects, violent crimes, heavy lifting, stress, harassment, and poor computer work station design. Work specifically prohibited for persons under 18 years of age included forklift operator; operator of powered equipment such as circular saws, box crushers, meat slicers, or bakery machines; working in wrecking, demolition, excavation or roofing; work in mining, logging, or a sawmill; work in meat packaging or slaughtering; work where there is radiation exposure; and work where explosives are made or stored.
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-132
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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division