As an employer you are responsible for ensuring the safety of your teen workers. The following information will provide the knowledge needed to ensure your teen worker's safety.
- Be aware that a teenager’s decision-making process is not yet fully mature; therefore, they may not always be able to distinguish what is unsafe behavior
- There is a good chance that this is the teen’s first job so they may not be aware of safety requirements. Provide initial safety orientation and ongoing safety training for all employees. Consider adopting a Safety Mentoring Program in addition to orientation. For more information, see the Safety Orientation section of the Safety Action Menu.
- Verify all assignments and equipment restrictions with North Dakota’s Department of Labor laws
- Consider participating in WSI’s Safety Incentive Programs to assist in the development and improvement of the safety and health of your workplace
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states the following employer responsibilities for all workers:
- Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and follow all OSHA safety and health standards
- Find and correct safety and health hazards
- Inform employees about hazards in the workplace and train them about applicable OSHA standards in a language they understand
- Provide safety training on workplace hazards
- Provide the required personal protective equipment (PPE) and pay for most types of required PPE
ND Department of Labor and Human Rights - Key Requirements
- 14- and 15-year-olds must file an Employment and Age Certificate with the Department of Labor and Human Rights in order to work
- There are limited work hours for 14- and 15-year-olds
- Prohibits certain hazardous employment and some employment tasks for 14- and 15-year-olds
- Under North Dakota law there are no restrictions for persons over the age of 16. However, there are federal child labor laws for anyone under the age of 18