Youth Job Safety Resources

Job Safety Resources for Teens, Parents and Employers

Teen Workers: Real Jobs, Real Risks (video)
Watch this video online or borrow it from L&I's Video Library. Gives teens essential information about their rights and responsibilities on the job. One teen tells of her life-changing serious injury on her first job. A "must see" for all working teens.

FedNet Health and Safety Materials for Youth Working in Retail Stores

The publication, Sold on Safety (2.5 MB PDF) (en español (1.69 MB PDF)), is aimed at hazards and protections for youth working in the retail stores including grocery, department, convenience and other stores. The document was created by FedNet (the Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health), which includes representatives from OSHA, NIOSH, DOL/WHD, EPA, EEOC, NLRB, HUD, DOT, and others. EPA was the lead agency on this project.

Read the Latest News Stories Regarding Young Workers Getting Injured on the Job
Hazard alerts describing real life nonfatal workplace injuries to Washington workers under 25 years old are now on the web. These alerts are created from interviews with young workers, their families, or their employers. They describe how the worker was injured, what Washington regulations are related to the incident and provide recommendations and resources to prevent similar injuries from happening. These alerts stem from earlier research done by SHARP. The research showed that workers aged 18 – 21 had the highest overall nonfatal injury rate in Washington. It also showed that workers between 16 – 24 years old had a higher nonfatal injury rate than workers who were 25 years or older.

Restaurant Safety Materials
As a result of a partnership with the Washington Restaurant Association, L&I developed various resources for employers as part of an educational outreach initiative. These materials may be useful in a variety of other settings as well.

Hiring Teens this Summer? (F700-142-909)
Provides important information about hiring teens, including extra safety precautions, as well as legal requirements regarding minor work endorsement, hours and prohibited duties. Provides telephone, email and Web contacts for more information.

Washington State Teen Worker Program Activities (111 KB PDF)
Washington State has a long history of assessing the injuries to teen workers and developing prevention strategies aimed at reducing the workplace injuries to young workers. This document provides a summary of the key activities.

Teens At Work: Facts for Employers, Parents and Teens? (F700-022-000)
This brochure gives useful information about working rules and conditions for teens. (Spanish version (F700-022-999))

Health and Safety Awareness for Working Teens - Wallet Card (F700-187-909)
This bilingual (English/Spanish) card provides useful information any teen worker needs to know when starting a new job and provides web, email, and phone contact information.

Lawn-Care Equipment (F700-010-000)
This two-page document provides important safety tips when operating powered lawn-care equipment and also describes the restrictions for minors in operating such machinery.

Noise Exposures (
Noise exposures can cause hearing loss. This is totally preventable. While there are many work activities where earplugs or other type of hearing protection should be used, teens are prohibited from performing work where the noise exposure is high enough to require the use of hearing protection (WAC 296-125-030(22) ( This is determined by how loud the machine is and how long it is being used. You can also find out more information about the hearing protection requirements in Washington State.

Youth in Construction - English/Spanish (Adolescentes en construcción)
Booklet/pamphlet: Explains the limits on work teens under age 18 can perform in the construction industry, discusses the importance of training and emphasizes safety. Includes a checklist of "do's" and "don'ts" for employers, plus other resources.

Youth in Agriculture (
Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the country. Washington State has a large agricultural industry where many young people either live and work on farms, or are employed in various agricultural jobs. OSHA's Teen Worker Web page has useful eTool for learning about the various hazards and ways to protect yourself from injury.

Ergonomics for School children and Young Workers (152 KB PDF)
by L&I’s Rick Goggins and the Puget Sound Chapter for Human Factors and Ergonomics. Provides important information for preventing injuries from lifting or awkward postures or carrying heavy loads. Also many resources and Web links are included.

Ergonomics Summary for School Staff and Students (100 KB PDF)
by L&I’s Rick Goggins and the Puget Sound Chapter for Human Factors and Ergonomics. Provides tips for school staff on ways to work more safely and comfortably, as well as ergonomics tips for school children on computers, backpacks, video game play and after-school jobs. Includes links to many helpful Web sites.

NIOSH Alert: Preventing Deaths, Injuries and Illnesses of Young Workers (en espanól) (
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-128 (2003) Provides case reports and examples of risks young workers may face while on the job and recommendations for prevention.

Youth@Work - Talking Safety Curriculum for Washington (
The new Youth@Work–Talking Safety is a fun, free and engaging curriculum that helps teachers and school/community-based job placement staff educate young people about the basics of job safety and health. The curriculum presents essential information and career-readiness skills through a focus on eight core competencies. The transferable skills gained through the Talking Safety curriculum will help students stay safe and healthy now and throughout their lives.

Childhood Agriculture Safety Network (CASN) (
The Childhood Agriculture Safety Network (CASN) is a coalition of health and safety organizations across the nation. These groups have combined their efforts for the first time to bring a unified safety message to agricultural communities. The message is geared towards protecting children from preventable injuries. The first year of the program is centered on tractor safety and keeping children off of tractors."

Rated R Sticker
This sticker can be used on any type of machinery prohibited for use by teens under age 18. Examples for use include meat slicers, compactors and paper balers, forklifts, powered tools, and so forth. You can print them yourself or order them by calling 360-902-5316 or emailing

Label: This Equipment is Rated R No one under 18 allowed to operate this equipment

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