I'm worried that some of the things that I'm being asked to do might be dangerous. Do interns have any safety rights?

Employers have to comply with health and safety law, which applies to all interns. These laws are there to protect you, your colleagues and visitors to your employer's premises. As well as ensuring that you are not in danger from physical hazards, they also offer protection against stress, bullying and harassment.

All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Under health and safety law, the primary responsibility for this falls on employers.

You also have a duty to take care of your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your actions. Health and safety legislation requires employers and workers to co-operate.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspects workplaces and acts on complaints. Their job is "to prevent death, injury and ill health to those at work and those affected by work activities."

For more information, see our dedicated Health and Safety rights section. The HSE website also includes useful information, for example a guide to Young people and work experience (PDF).

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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