Youth & Labor
Safety & Health
The safety of young workers is of paramount importance to the Department of Labor. In recent years, the Department has increased its efforts to educate both employers and teenaged workers about on-the-job safety. Youth employment increases significantly during the summer, so many of these efforts are geared toward minors who work at amusement parks and fast food restaurants. Below is a list of resources for employers of minors and for minors themselves. Both groups have a vested interest in educating themselves on workplace safety.
The Department's Occupational Safety & Health Administration enforces workplace safety laws.
The Department maintains partnerships with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Consumer's League designed to provide important information about on-the-job safety to employers, parents, and working teens.
Many states have workplace safety rules that go beyond the Fair Labor Standards Act requirements. Please consult your state department of labor for more specific information.
Fair Labor Standards Act
(FLSA) Advisor Child Labor Rules
Application of the
Federal Child Labor Provisions to Grocery Stores Fact Sheet
Federal Child Labor Provisions to Amusement Parks and Recreation Establishments
Child Labor Laws
Affecting the Driving of Automobiles and Trucks Under Hazardous Occupations
(Order No. 2)
Safety & Health Administration News Release on Dangers to Young Workers
State Departments of Labor
Related Web Pages on This Topic
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Laws & Regulations on This Topic
§§579.1 through 579.9