Young Workers – Restaurant Safety


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.

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Hazard Recognition

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

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Possible Solutions

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

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Additional Resources

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

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Young 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.