What Is The Student Learner Exemption To Hazardous Orders?

Hazardous Occupation Orders numbers 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 17 contain exemptions for 16­ and 17­year­old student­learners if they are enrolled in a course of study and training in a cooperative vocational training program under a recognized state or local educational authority or in a course of study in a substantially similar program conducted by a private school. Student learners may work in the above hazardous occupations provided they are employed under a written agreement stipulating:
  • That the work of the student­learner in the occupation declared particularly hazardous shall be incidental to the training.
  • That such work is intermittent and for short periods of time, and under the direct and close supervision of a qualified and experienced person.
  • That the school provides safety instructions that are correlated by the employer with on­the­job training.
  • That the employer prepares a schedule or agreement of organized and progressive work processes to be performed on the job.
Each such written agreement must include the name of the student­learner, and be signed by the employer and the school coordinator or principal. This exemption of the employment of student­learners may be revoked in any individual situation if it is found that reasonable precautions have not been observed for the safety of minors employed thereunder.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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