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Protecting the health and safety of working teenagers.
Rubenstein H; Sternbach MR; Pollack SH
Am Fam Phys 1999 Aug; 60(2):575-587
More than one third of high school students work during the school year, and many more are employed during the summer months. Teenage workers face a variety of health and safety hazards. Occupational injury and illness are largely preventable, and family physicians can play a crucial role in this prevention effort by advising adolescents about common workplace dangers. Physicians who sign work permits and provide ongoing health care to teenagers should counsel them and their parents or guardians about the benefits and risks of work and discuss the regulations governing jobs that are prohibited for adolescents, work hours, protective measures and workers' compensation benefits.
Age-factors; Age-groups; Protective-measures; Children; Health-care-personnel; Health-protection; Health-services; Medical-services; Medical-monitoring; Medical-care; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices
Harriet Rubenstein, M.P.H., J.D., Center for Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, MCP Hahnemann University, 1505 Race St., MS-660, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Issue of Publication
American Family Physician
Kentucky Department of Health Services
Page last reviewed: September 11, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division