Young Workers

As a young worker, you play an important role in workplace safety and health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, there were approximately 18.1 million workers younger than 24 years old, which accounted for 13% of the workforce. As a young worker, you need to understand your rights, as well as what's needed to stay safe on the job.

Teen Actions

  • Follow all safety rules and instructions
  • Ensure you receive the necessary training to do your job properly and safely
  • Always wear the proper safety equipment needed to do your job
  • Report any safety concerns to your supervisor
  • Be aware of potential workplace hazards
  • Ask questions
  • Ask for help if needed
  • If something is not safe don’t do it

OSHA - Workers' Rights

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states the following rights you have at work

  • Work in a safe place
  • Receive safety and health training in a language that you understand
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand instructions or if something seems unsafe
  • Use and be trained on required safety gear, such as hard hats, goggles and ear plugs
  • Exercise your workplace safety rights without retaliation or discrimination
  • File a confidential complaint with OSHA if you believe there is a serious hazard or that your employer is not following OSHA standards


OSHA - Young Workers Resources
Fact Sheet: Teens at Work, Know the Risks
Be SAFE at Work: Tips for Teens
Youth Employment
ND Youth Employment Laws