Safety Tip Tuesday, Children in the Workplace
Summer is here and local schools are on summer vacation.
Environmental Health and Safety would like to remind the campus community about Michigan Tech's policy on children in the workplace.
From Chapter 3 of the University Safety Manual:
3.2 Children at Michigan Technological University
It is the policy of Michigan Technological University that children under the age of 12 are not permitted in work areas (e.g., such as labs, offices, classrooms, shops), except those spaces specifically intended for public use, without the written permission of the department chair or director.
Children under the age of 12 who are not enrolled in a Michigan Tech class or program are not permitted in laboratories at any time. Children under the age of 16 must, at all times, be under the direct supervision of the laboratory supervisor while visiting or participating in University-sponsored activities in classrooms or laboratories containing hazardous chemicals or equipment.
Additional Information: It is the intent of this policy that the department chair or director will verify that a student or employee has a workable plan to provide age-appropriate supervision and protection from foreseeable safety and health hazards before allowing a child to be brought into a campus work area. Children must not be allowed to roam the building unsupervised.
Permission may not be given for a child under 12 to enter a laboratory or other area with hazardous substances, machinery or tools—except as part of an organized event where special provisions have been made to prevent exposure to these hazards.