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Working Outdoors

Can youth do the job safely?

  • Avoid loose fitting clothing, clothes with strings, tie back long hair
  • Wear weather appropriate clothing
    • Hot weather: lightweight, light colored
    • Cold weather: layers of warm clothes and outerwear, hat, gloves and boots
    • Sun-safe hat (minimum 4” brim)
  • Know the signs of heat and cold related illnesses
  • Stay aware of changing weather conditions
  • Know what to do in the event of an emergency
  • Maintain two way communication plan

Adult Responsibilities

  • Provide 10 minute break every hour (more frequently for younger children)
  • Provide appropriate training
  • Check heat/cold index to verify safe temperatures for working outdoors
  • Ensure re-entry standards for pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers are followed
  • Verify youth is free from insect allergies or has remedies for allergies
  • Ensure bathroom/handwashing facilities are available
  • Have drinking water available

Supervision

  • Supervise constantly until youth demonstrates mastery of task
  • Check on youth; frequency* depends on:
    • Age of youth
    • Type of job
    • Worksite hazards
  • Immediately correct unsafe behaviors
  • Ask for questions
*See work guideline for specific job for guidance and more information

Hazards

  • Heat/Cold Stress
  • Chemicals
  • Severe Weather
  • Bugs or  Insects
  • Drowning

Protective Strategies

  • Sun Protection
  • Drink fluids (Hydrate)
  • Wash Hands
  • Insect/Bug Repellent

Working Outdoors Resources


Working Outdoors Guideline (English)

Click to open Working Outdoors Guideline PDF in English

Working Outdoors Guideline (French)

Click to open Working Outdoors Guideline PDF in French

Working Outdoors Guideline (Spanish)

Click to open Working Outdoors Guideline PDF in Spanish