California employers who hire young employees play an important role in preparing the next generation of workers. Summer employment and after school jobs teach young workers responsibility, give them a sense of the real world, provide them with extra spending money, and in some cases, supplements family income. Teenagers can be a valuable addition to the workforce. But as with any new employee, young workers must be properly trained to work safely. After all, few of the benefits of working are worth it if a teen is seriously injured on the job.
As a member of the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety, State Fund is committed to preventing work-related injuries and illnesses among young workers, and reminds employers and young employees of their rights and responsibilities.
Employers play a key role in creating a safe work environment and preventing injuries to young workers. You should be aware of your responsibility to protect your young employees and understand the potential for tragedy for not following the law. You need to:
Young workers have responsibilities too. They should:
Young workers also have the right to refuse to perform a job immediately dangerous to their life or health. Young workers should not get hurt on their first jobs.
Employers have an opportunity to help teens develop safety skills that will last a lifetime. Most young workers are enthusiastic and eager to learn. We want to ensure that introductory workplace experiences will instill in young people an understanding and awareness of job safety and health that will carry throughout their careers and ultimately shape a safer California work environment.
State Fund offers employers, teenage employees, and parents several young worker safety resources and links to help protect this fresh and vital resource.