Do you have teens about to start work or new to work? Did you know that young people under the age of 25 are twice as likely to get hurt on-the-job than older workers? Learn about what you can do to help prepare your teen to be safer at work. Download the O[yes] Parent Tip Sheet.
Working too many hours or too late may be harmful to teens. Teens can and do get hurt in a variety of work places.
Check out Oregon’s young worker injuries and illnesses to see where and how teens are injured in Oregon.
Oregon labor law prohibits teens from working late and/or long hours, and from doing especially dangerous work.
Oregon OSHA requires that the workplace be safe, and that workers receive health and safety training on the tasks they do.
Are you a working teen? (English) and ?Eres un joven que trabaja? (Spanish)
Get a job, work safe (English) and Consigue un empleo, trabaja de manera segura (Spanish)
Read through and encourage your teen to check out the For Teens section of this website.
Talk frequently about your teen’s job. Find out what tasks they are asked to do. For example, are they asked to do heavy lifting? Work alone for extended periods?
If your teen is asked to perform a new task, he/she should be trained before doing it. What are potential workplace hazards? Ask your teen’s opinion of the workplace. Are there slippery floors, locked or blocked exit doors, crowded workplaces, and machines without safety guards?
Find out if the supervisor shows concern towards the employees and encourages questions.
If your teen has concerns about hours or safety at work, help him or her think about what change is needed and why, whose help they might need, and how to approach the supervisor.
Set limits on work hours. If your teen is overtired or having trouble keeping up with schoolwork, he or she may be working too many hours. Help your teen reduce his or her work hours.
For more information or to make a complaint, contact one of these agencies.
Health or safety information:
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health)
(800) 321-OSHA (6742)
Wages or work hours information:
Oregon Wage and Hour Division