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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)


Health and Safety of Children at Work Regulations

Schedule 1: Guidelines on risk assessments and plans of safe work procedures regarding permitted work by child workers

11. Supervision of child workers



The following factors should be taken into consideration in a plan on safe work procedures, regarding the supervision of child workers, to reduce risks regarding their work:

a) keep adolescent characteristics in mind as described in paragraph 4 in mind and assign age-appropriate tasks;
b) consider a young worker's physical capacity to perform the job safely; maturity to exercise good judgment; and ability to read and understand written instructions and safety signs;
c) provide a clear assignment of duties with specific information about those tasks;
d) provide appropriate safety training on assigned equipment and tasks, including the need to report all safety hazards and injuries;
e) teach them how to recognize risks, and encourage them to make good decisions about taking appropriate precautions or action;
f) provide information on how to cope with emergencies, who to contact, and how to reach them. Phone numbers, the address of the workplace, and directions to the workplace should be put on notice boards or walls where easy to find;
g) provide increased supervision by co-workers or supervisors who work work with youth, are consistent, and who set a good example by following the safety rules, and designate appropriate adult employee(s) as *child worker safety officers, with the responsibility of specifically monitoring the safety of child workers in the workplace and to intervene if they feel the work is too risky;
h) create an atmosphere where child workers feel free to ask questions or express concerns;
i) be sure child workers have an understanding of their rights and responsibilities;
j) provide positive feedback when child workers follow through with these responsibilities.