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Young Workers – Restaurant Safety

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Youth Worker Restaurant Safety.

OSHA eTool. Describes common hazards and potential safety solutions for young workers and employers in the restaurant industry. Offers an online safety quiz and downloadable safety posters.


The United States has more of its youth in the workforce than any other developed country in the world. Young workers suffer a disproportionate share of injuries and fatalities, especially in the first year on the job. In 2017, 22 youths under 18 died from work-related injuries and another 27,070 were sickened or injured. The service industry ranks highest among US industries for injury in workers ages 16-19.


Restaurant safety for young workers is addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry.


Hazard Recognition

Provides references that aid in recognizing the hazards that are present for young workers in restaurants.


Possible Solutions

Provides information about possible solutions for the workplace hazards faced by young workers in restaurants.


Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to young workers in restaurants.


Workers' Rights

Workers have the right to:

  • Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
  • Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
  • Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.

For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.

How to Contact OSHA

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.

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