Tip of the Week

Here is some important information you need to know if you are employing any young people (under 18years) to help out over the summer.

The Working Time Regulations 1999 set out legal requirements about hours of work and rest periods for employers of ‘young people’ – those aged below 18 but above the minimum school leaving age.  Many local authorities also have regulations about the employment of ‘children’ (aged 14 – 16).  

Basic induction training in all aspects of the job must be provided for all starters. Young people  must have specific training or be supervised at all times (remember to record this training).

We do not recommend Young People carry out any of the tasks below.  Children (aged 14 -16) are absolutely not permitted to carry out any of these tasks.

    • Use/cleaning of food-slicers, mixers, food-processors, potato-chippers
    • Handling of corrosive cleaning materials, including oven and beerline cleaning
    • Work at heights
    • Use of waste compactor
    • Cleaning, draining and use of fat fryers
    • De-boning of meat


Induction training must include basic hygiene (handwashing/uniform, etc, basic food hygiene, fire evacuation training, location of toilets/changing rooms/washrooms, rules on smoking/drugs, accident reporting, location of first aid boxes.

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