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You have selected a link to information about work that may not be legal or safe for you to do. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Child Labor Laws prohibits youth younger than 18 years of age from working in certain jobs that are considered hazardous. For example, in the Woodworking eTool, certain restrictions for youth include:

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14-15 years old: According to the FLSA, you are not allowed to work in jobs that require the manufacturing, mining, or processing of materials, including wood. You are also not allowed to work in the construction industry.

16-17 years old: The FLSA states you may not work in logging or sawmilling that requires the use of a sawmill, lath mill, shingle mill, or cooperage stock machine (HO 4). Additionally, the FLSA states that you may not work in occupations that require the use of power driven wood-working machines (HO 5). Also, the use of forklifts are allowed only by a trained operator who is at least 18 years of age. For additional information on these requirements, see
  • 29 CFR 570.54, Logging occupations and occupations in the operation of any sawmill, lath mill, shingle mill, or cooperage stock mill (Order 4)
  • 29 CFR 570.55, Occupations involved in the operation of power-driven woodworking machines (Order 5)
Note: The Child Labor Laws in your state may be more strict. Consult your state's labor department for more information.

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