Developing a model policy on youth employment in agriculture.
J Agromed 2014 Jul; 19(3):249-257
The goal of this project was to develop a model policy that agricultural employers could adopt specific to youth employment, including age-appropriate assignments, training needs for adolescent workers, ideal supervision, and mentoring by adult workers. Methods included discussions at a national conference of agricultural employers, a survey of employers' perspectives on young workers, forming a task force to draft a model policy, and finalizing the policy document. The process resulted in a template that can be used by agricultural employers for immediate adoption, or to be customized and adapted for their unique company. Given new trends in agriculture to use certification systems, safety audits, and voluntary safety standards in addition to the regulatory process, there is value in having a voluntary "best practice" model policy that can be adopted in settings where safeguarding young farm workers is a priority.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Humans; Men; Women; Children; Demographic-characteristics; Sociological-factors; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Age-groups;
Author Keywords: Agriculture; model policy; youth
Mary E. Miller, RN, MN, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Olympia, WA 98504-4510
Journal of Agromedicine
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation