Am I working in a safe environment?
protect workers under age 18 from working too long, too late
or too early.
Avoid injury and illness by following these safety precautions:
• Use safety equipment and protective clothing when
• Wear clothes that protect you from the sun and from
• Drink plenty of water (provided by your employer).
• Take breaks in the shade to avoid heatstroke.
• Report unsafe or broken equipment and safety hazards
to your supervisor.
• Ask your employer to provide you with safety training
before using the equipment.
• Ask your employer about chemicals that could be harmful
to your health.
Am I allowed to work in this
you are under 16, you may not:
• Drive a tractor.
• Work on a ladder over 20 feet.
• Load or unload a truck or conveyor.
• Apply pesticides.
• Drive, ride or assist in operating a forklift.
• Drive any vehicle for transporting passengers.
• Use powered equipment such as a chain saw, hay mower,
hay baler or cotton picker.
• Work inside a silo.
Do I need a work permit?
If you are under 18 you must have a permit to work. Ask your
school to issue you a permit and take it to your employer.
Am I being paid at least minimum
You must be paid at least the minimum wage, currently $9.00
per hour and applicable overtime rates.
Report sexual harassment or discrimination to your supervisor,
a co-worker, parent or teacher. Laws protect you from unsafe
working conditions no matter what your immigration
or call 1-888-933-TEEN (8336)
California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) www.dir.ca.gov