The Department frequently offers work experience placements to young persons (defined as those under the age of 18) as well as undergraduate students. Well managed placements are activity encouraged - they provide a valuable opportunity for young students to gain experience e.g. working in a research laboratory. It also provides an opportunity to foster an early understanding of the importance of health and safety and sensible risk management.
Young people and other placement students tend to be at greater risk from hazardous activities due to their lack of knowledge and experience. In some cases the physiology of young people may put them at particular risk, e.g. from ionising radiation. As such, the safety management of all work activities involving young persons need to be carefully considered.
Work in low risk environments (e.g. offices) also needs to be considered. Young people may be unable to relate working with computers with long-term effects they may suffer e.g. work related upper limb disorders. Simple instruction on good computer workstation practices to follow is a reasonable measure that should be applied.
All work activities involving work experience placements must be risk assessed by completing the Work Experience Placement: Risk assessment (MS Word , 33kb)
The risk assessment must:
Young persons must not be involved in the following: