What Is The Student Learner Exemption To Hazardous Orders?

Hazardous Occupation Orders numbers 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 17 contain exemptions for 16­ and 17­year­old student­learners if they are enrolled in a course of study and training in a cooperative vocational training program under a recognized state or local educational authority or in a course of study in a substantially similar program conducted by a private school. Student learners may work in the above hazardous occupations provided they are employed under a written agreement stipulating:

  • That the work of the student­learner in the occupation declared particularly hazardous shall be incidental to the training.
  • That such work is intermittent and for short periods of time, and under the direct and close supervision of a qualified and experienced person.
  • That the school provides safety instructions that are correlated by the employer with on­the­job training.
  • That the employer prepares a schedule or agreement of organized and progressive work processes to be performed on the job.

Each such written agreement must include the name of the student­learner, and be signed by the employer and the school coordinator or principal. This exemption of the employment of student­learners may be revoked in any individual situation if it is found that reasonable precautions have not been observed for the safety of minors employed thereunder.

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