Are there any places a young person can't work?
Yes, an employee under 15 years old is restricted in the places where they can work. An employer must ensure the young employee is safe at work and doesn't do any work which is likely to cause the employee harm.
This means an employee who is under 15 cannot work:
In a factory or other place where things are being prepared or made for sale;
On a construction site;
In a forest where trees are being cut down or processed; or
In any area where the work being done is likely to harm the employee.
These restrictions also apply to people under 15 visiting the workplace. They don't apply to any areas if the employee works at all times in an office in that area, or in any part of that area used only for selling goods or services. They don't apply to visitors who are under direct adult supervision, on a guided tour or who are in areas accessible to the public.
Also, an employer cannot employ anybody aged less than 18 years to work in any restricted area of a licensed premises. Some exemptions apply for specific types of work, such as cleaning, serving meals and stocktaking.
Date Modified: Thursday, 31 May 2012
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