Young Person’s Risk Assessment

Completing a young person’s risk assessment is a legal requirement for employers who have people under the age of 18 working for them (including work experience). We can provide you with a comprehensive young person’s risk assessment to ensure you are fully compliant with UK law.

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, a person under the age of 18 has the same legal rights to an assessment of their health and safety as every other employee. Added to this, specific requirements are in place to ensure that young people are not exposed to increased risk due to their age.

Following the Health and Safety (Young Persons) Regulations 1997, the employer or self-employed persons is responsible for ensuring that an adequate young person’s risk assessment is completed. In the event that a suitable and sufficient young person’s risk assessment is not carried out, the employer will be held accountable. Consequences for failing to conduct a comprehensive young person’s risk assessment can be severe, taking the form of heavy fines or even jail terms if found guilty of negligence. It is your duty of care as an employer to ensure that a thorough young person’s risk assessment has been conducted; contact us today to arrange one.

Completing a young person’s risk assessment

Due to their age and inexperience, people under the age of 18 are at a greater risk from hazards in the workplace. Government guidance identifies key components which must be met when undertaking a young person’s risk assessment. These include:

  • Ensuring that a young person is not exposed to greater risk due to being inexperienced, unaware of the risks and/or a lacking maturity
  • Assessing the risks and putting measures in place to control the risks (or remove where possible)
  • Consider that young people are likely to be less experienced and unaware of health and safety risks (implement extra training where necessary)
  • Ensure that parents of children under the school leaving age are aware of the risk assessment findings
  • Decide if the young person is suitable to carry out certain tasks or if they should be prohibited
  • Update and review the assessment regularly.

In order to ensure that a young person’s risk assessment has been carried out to a sufficient standard, a competent person is required. A competent person must have the necessary experience and training to assess the health and safety requirements of young people at work.

We can provide you with NEBOSH-accredited consultants who will ensure a comprehensive and suitable young person’s risk assessment, providing you with the full coverage you need.

With ISO certification, our consultants are capable of working effectively across a range of businesses to assess the needs of your young employees. Working to promote good practice, our experts provide practical steps to protect your employees and your business.

The professional consultancy services that we provide offer our clients exhaustive cover, ensuring that your business stands up to HSE guidelines.

Call our helpful and knowledgeable customer care team today for more information and advice on how you can meet the health and safety needs of your young employees. We are able to answer any questions you might have and we can also offer you a free quote for our services. So call us today on 0800 211 8331.

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