E-fact 6 - Work Experience Schemes: advice for educators on health and safety
Many young people benefit from taking part in work experience placements. But work can be hazardous, especially for young people. Young workers face a greater risk of accident and ill health than older workers, for a range of reasons including inexperience, lack of training, and lack of physical and mental maturity. Every year young workers die, and many more have their lives devastated by work-related accidents and illness. But there are things that can be done to control these hazards and risks effectively. As a teacher or trainer, you can help make sure that work experience placements are with employers who understand their responsibilities in relation to young people - who assess the risks that young workers face, and put in place measures to protect them, including supplying protective equipment, providing training and supervision, and working out which jobs it is safe for them to do.