According to the U.S. Department of Labor each year more than 210,000 teenagers are injured, 70,000 are hospitalized and 70 die due to workplace accidents.
With many of these teenagers employed in the food service industry it is important the employer know both the legal limitations of teenage workers and how to properly train their employees on safe practices.
Employers need to be aware of child labor rules and regulations of the Federal Department of Labor and the individual restrictions of their state. These regulations cover types of work and hours permitted.
The Federal DOL for example doesn’t allow children 14 to 15 years of age to perform the following jobs in the food service industry:
The same regulations don’t allow any worker younger than 18 to operate, set up, adjust, clean, oil, or repairing power-driven food slicers, grinders, choppers, cutters, and bakery mixers and other power-driven bakery machines.
In terms of hours the federal government doesn’t allow youth aged 14 to 15 to work more than:
Youth aged 16 years and over have no federal hour restrictions.
Many of the state departments of labor build upon these federal requirements with additional regulations of their own. Check with your local department of labor for more information on the youth labor laws in your state.
Scientists know the teenage brain is not fully developed until around 25 years of age.
The key differences in the teenager’s brain are they need longer to make decisions and they have more intense emotions than adults. Also the part of the brain that seeks pleasure and reward is significantly more developed.
It is important when constructing a training program for your teenage workforce to take in consideration these differences.
Here are a few tips to help you with training your teenagers.
Properly train your junior staff members and you will create employees that are efficient, organized and skilled. With staff like this, your business will achieve greater success.