Hiring young workers this summer? It’s important to know that workers under 25 are twice as likely to be sent to the emergency room as their older counterparts.

In a typical year, 200,000 young workers suffer injuries on the job. And, more injuries occur during the summer months than any other time of year. So as an employer, be sure to follow all relevant health and safety laws to keep young workers safe on the job.

Here are some tips for keeping summer workers safe: 

  • Know the law, including work permits and labor code restrictions.
  • Don’t skip trainings, even if a worker is only temporary.
  • Check in regularly to ensure they feel confident about performing their assigned duties.
  • Give workers a proper forum to openly voice safety concerns.
  • Make safety a priority to your supervisors, so they can lead by example.

The State Fund Young Workers Safety Information page provides more detailed information on young worker safety, broken down by age range, and industry.

Summer jobs should be a good, safe experience for all. Follow these tips to keep your new or temporary workers safe.

The above evaluations and/or recommendations are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon for legal compliance purposes. They are based solely on the information provided to us and relate only to those conditions specifically discussed. We do not make any warranty, expressed or implied, that your workplace is safe or healthful or that it complies with all laws, regulations or standards.