Are there any special health and safety requirements that employers must take into account before recruiting young workers?

Yes. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to safeguard the health of the young workers they employ.

Before recruiting a young worker, employers have to assess the risks to their health and the suitability of the proposed work. This means taking into account the lack of experience, maturity and risk awareness of young workers.

The Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2002 limit the amount of time per week and per day that young people can work, set out rest period requirements, and restrict night working by young people.

There is advice about the special considerations when recruiting young people on the Health and Safety Executive website.

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