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Are you a teen worker? Updated (supersedes 2011-184).

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. 2012-130, 2012 Mar; :1-8
You're earning your own money. You're making new friends. You're learning new things and becoming independent. Work can be a fun, rewarding, and an exciting part of your life. But did you know that your job could harm you? Every 9 minutes, a U.S. teen gets hurt on the job. These teens are young people like Emily, who was working alone at a sandwich shop when a robber with a gun attacked her. And they're like Joe, a construction helper who was electrocuted on his job. It doesn't have to be this way. You have a right to be safe and healthy at work. Young workers get sick or hurt on the job for many reasons-dangerous equipment, an unsafe workplace, stress. Sometimes they're hurt from working too fast so they can keep up. As a young worker, you're more likely than an older person to be injured on the job. You may even be asked to do something that the law says you're not allowed to do! This guide gives you the facts you need to stay safe and healthy at work. It also shows you what jobs you can (and can't) do, and it teaches you about your rights and responsibilities as a young worker. (Farm jobs aren't covered here, because the laws for farm work are different.) The Resources on page 5 will give you ideas about where to go for help if you have a health or safety problem at work. Don't be afraid to speak up! Have fun, stay safe, and remember that no job is worth your health-or your life.
Humans; Children; Workers; Work-capacity; Work-capability; Work-environment; Work-practices; Employees; Safety-measures; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Work-practices; Worker-health; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Risk-factors; Protective-measures; Health-protection; Employee-health; Employees; Work-areas; Stress; Age-factors; Age-groups; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Training; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Noise-exposure; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-130; B03282012
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Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division