Health and Safety

Employing young people

As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety in your business. Taking the right precautions to reduce the risks of workplace dangers apply to all businesses, no matter how small.  For many businesses, providing a safe working environment, may only involve basic adjustments.  The Health and Safety Executive will take you through the steps and help you make sure you have done what you need to. 

Young people, especially those new to the workplace, will encounter unfamiliar risks from the jobs they will be doing and from the working environment.

Key risks for young people when starting work may arise because of their lack of experience or maturity and not having the confidence to ask for, or knowing where they can get help.

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