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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


  • 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  


  • 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