Safe Work for Young Workers


With summer looming and young workers filling temp spots and their first jobs in the workplace, OSHA has provided information for young workers about their rights on the job, and the responsibility of employers to provide a safe workplace.

Young workers get injured or sick on the job for many reasons, including:

  • Unsafe equipment
  • Inadequate safety training
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Dangerous work that is illegal or inappropriate for youth under 18
  • Pressure to work faster
  • Stressful conditions

Workplace hazards associated with specific jobs are another major cause of injuries and illnesses. Employers must work to reduce or minimize hazards in the workplace and train employees how to work safely on the job.

Restaurants and other eating and drinking businesses employ 11.6 million people in the United States. Nearly 30% of these employees are under 20 years of age. Many young workers’ first work experience is in the restaurant industry.

OSHA is providing this eTool to help young workers in the restaurant industry be safe and healthy on the job. OSHA has a great deal of information to assist employers in complying with their responsibilities under the OSHA law.

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