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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

6. Preparation for employment of child workers, and for risk assessment


1) The employer should prepare carefully for the employment of child workers, and for the risk assessment, including the following steps:
a) understand the relevant child labour and health and safety regulations;
b) walk through the workplace to identify job activities that are prohibited;
c) increase knowledge about special needs of child workers;
d) train supervisors and co-workers about working with child workers;
e) involve workplace health and safety personnel, if any;
f) training of child workers on health and safety should be age-appropriate, ie it should be conducted in a manner that child workers of the employed age group can understand;
g) identify age-appropriate health and safety education materials;
h) incorporate special considerations for child workers in the employers' plan of safe work procedures;
i) discuss work issues with parents of child workers and/or school(s) attended by child workers, as needed;
j) educate child workers about potential harassment and abuse by other employees or customers, or potential for threats of violence at the workplace.