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Can under 18 years olds perform all job tasks?

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If you are 18 years or older, there are no prohibitions on you working in construction. The law prohibits 16 and 17 year olds from working on certain hazardous tasks in construction (such as operating saws, trenching, roofing, etc. - for a complete list see www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ChildLaborLawPamphlet.pdf) unless certain conditions are met:

  • A student - learner is enrolled in a course of study and training in a cooperative vocational training program operated by state or local authorities or by a private school. Safety training is provided by the school and the employer with the on-the-job training. Under the direct and close supervision of a qualified and experienced person a student-learner is allowed to perform hazardous work.
  • An apprentice employed in an approved apprenticeship program of a recognized apprenticeable trade and under the close supervision of a journeyman.

For details on student-learners and apprentices being able to work in hazardous occupations, see Laws to Know and Child Labor Regulations, Orders And Statements Of Interpretation