Jobs for Youth Month is observed in California every May
workers, employers, educators and parents to learn more about
health and safety in the workplace.
Navigate the seven different
industries by clicking on the photos or the specific industry:
food service, grocery clerk, etc. Each industry outlines basic
labor and health and safety standards for occupations
employing young workers. This site can be forwarded and
the pages are printable. Three of the industries --
construction, food service and agriculture - are in Spanish.
out a printed page along with a work permit to your students!
this page to your high school student contacts!
In California, at least one third of high school students
work. Thousands of young workers 14 to 18 begin jobs allowing
them to earn money and create positive work experiences. Unfortunately,
these jobs can also involve injury and disability if young
workers are not informed of the hazards.
Awareness of safety on the job is crucial as there are many
• Powered equipment such as box crushers, bakery machines
• Late hours – increasing the risks and vulnerability
• Long hours – potential hazards when working
alone and when experiencing frequent or prolonged contact
with the public.
• Unsafe or broken equipment.
• Hot oil and cooking surfaces.
Do you know?
• The current minimum wage is $9.00.
• Work permits are obtained at school.
• Young workers 16 or 17 cannot work past 10 p.m. on
a school night.
• Young workers under 16, are not allowed to work in
construction or dry cleaning.
Visit the “Safe Jobs for Youth” Web site for
Call toll free:
California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) www.dir.ca.gov
Young Workers Web site