Workplace Safety for Youth

Information and regulations for keeping youth safe on the job. 

Safety Resources

Each year, nearly 100,000 youth nationwide are injured on the job requiring outside medical treatment. Teens are often injured on the job at a higher rate than adults.

The following resources focus on youth safety in the workplace and are tailored for Minnesota. Many other resources are available on the web that are not listed here.

Summer's Hot-Campaign to Beat the Heat: If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which killed more than 30 workers last year. OSHA has developed heat illness educational materials in English and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training. 

Youth @ Work: Teaching Youth About Safety In The Workplace Curriculum for Minnesota: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and the Young Worker Safety Resource Center at the University of California, Berkeley have state-specific youth safety curriculum which can be downloaded from their website.

Youth @ Work: Youth Construction Curriculum, Oregon Edition: is focused on safety issues and regulations as specifically addressed in OR OSHA regulations and educational materials as well as data about safety hazards and injuries to young workers and general data related to young people, ages 14-21. 

Youth @ Work: Hazards in Health Care Settings, Massachusetts Edition: provides detailed instructor notes and participant review in "youth friendly" format. 

OSHA 11 Curriculum: A 10-hour curriculum appropriate for young workers and includes an additional hour on child labor laws. 

Engaging Employers in Protecting Young Workers: Tips and Best Practices from the Young Worker Safety Resource CenterThis 24-page guide provides strategies that young worker safety advocates in state and local agencies and organizations can use to increase employers' knowledge and capacity to prevent workplace injuries among youth workers. 

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's Teen Workers: website provides information and resources for teens, parents and employers. 

National Children’s Center For Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety: This Center funded by NIOSH and the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau strives to enhance the health and safety of all children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments.

Farm Safety for Kids

OSHA Information for Teen Workers

CDC Young Worker Safety

State Child Labor Laws

For more information on Minnesota's child labor laws, contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.


Federal Child Labor Laws

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has updated federal child labor laws and has issued its final rule for the employment of 16- and 17-year-olds in non-agricultural jobs. View a side-by-side comparison of the old and new laws.