Young people are vital for all our future prosperity. Given the increased risks that workers face when they are new to a job (HSE stats), it is vital that employers take some simple steps to ensure that young people start their working lives as they mean to go on: healthy and safe.

It is an employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, including young people, and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this.

This means making sure that young people (and others) are protected from anything that may cause harm, effectively controlling any risks to injury or health that could arise in the workplace. 

Some workers may have particular requirements, for example, new and young workers, new or expectant mothers, and people with disabilities. You can get more help on HSE's diversity pages.

You will find in our downloadable resources information and advice on inductions and communicating the safety message with young people.