Adolescent Workers: Prevention of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
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Asking About Work During A Well Child Visit
- Youth may legally start working at the age of 14 years, and adolescents working on their family farms may start working at much younger ages.
- Anticipatory guidance should start when the patient is about 11 or 12 years old and before the summer months to prepare him or her for the working environment.
- Physicians should consider this even earlier for youth in family or farming businesses.
- Some states and/or employers require work permits for teen and adolescent workers
–You can use well child visits to deliver anticipatory guidance on occupational safety.
Page last reviewed: January 2, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health