A young person is defined as a person between the age of 16 and 18.
Managers must carry out a risk assessment before a young person starts working. This includes trainees and work experience students.
You must assess risk arising from:
- lack of experience
- not being aware of existing or potential risks
- activities that may involve harmful exposure to biological and chemical agents
Young persons must not be employed if the risk assessment shows that the work:
- is beyond their physical or psychological capacity
- involves harmful exposure to agents which are toxic or carcinogenic
- involves harmful exposure to radiation
- involves the risk of accidents because of lack of experience or training
- is a health risk because of exposure to extreme heat, cold, noise or vibration
General risk assessment form (Word, 50KB, 2 pages)
Restrictions on hours
There are restrictions on the number of hours a young person may work.
These restrictions include:
- not being permitted to work between 10pm and 6am
- not being allowed to work for more than 8 hours a day
- not being allowed to work for more than 40 hours in a week
Young workers must be given a number of breaks.
These breaks include:
- 30 minute break after working 4.5 hours
- 12 hours rest in every 24 hour period worked
- 2 days off each week - these should be consecutive days off where practicable
Contact HSE Health and Safety helpdesk
Use the Health and Safety self-service portal or
Phone: 1800 420 420
Monday to Friday 10.30am to 12 noon and 2.00pm to 3.30pm