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OSHA Teen Worker Rules Summary

OSHA Teen and Youth Worker Rules and Rights

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You have the right to:

A safe and healthful workplace free of recognized hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within the Department of Labor has primary responsibility for setting and enforcing standards through the OSH Act of 1970 to promote safety and health, including the health and safety of young workers.

Worker Rights under the Act

  • Refuse to work if you believe in good faith that the job or conditions are dangerous and are exposing you to imminent danger. Call (800)321-OSHA immediately to report imminent dangers.
  • Speak up! If you notice a safety hazard at work, report it to your supervisor or boss. If they don't address your concerns, file a complaint with OSHA or your state labor offices.
    Please remember, it is illegal for your employer to punish or fire you for reporting a workplace problem.
  • Work only the limited hours and at the types of work permitted by state and federal laws. Federal child labor laws and state labor laws apply if you are under 18 years old.