Job Ages, Wages & Rules


Hazardous Occupations

You generally may not work in any of the following hazardous occupations:
  • Manufacturing and storing of explosives
  • Driving a motor vehicle and being an outside helper on a motor vehicle
  • Coal mining
  • Logging and sawmilling
  • Power-driven woodworking machines
  • Exposure to radioactive substances
  • Power-driven hoisting apparatus
  • Power-driven metal-forming, punching, and shearing machines
  • Mining, other than coal mining
  • Meat packing or processing (including the use of power-driven meat-slicing machines)
  • Power-driven bakery machines
  • Power-driven paper-product machines
  • Manufacturing brick, tile, and related products
  • Power-driven circular saws, band saws, and guillotine shears
  • Wrecking, demolition, and ship-breaking operations
  • Roofing operations and all work on or about a roof
  • Excavation operations
There are some exemptions for apprentice/student-learner programs in some of these hazardous occupations.

Hazardous Occupations Note: When you are 18 you can work any job for any number of hours.  The Child Labor rules no longer apply to you.

NOTE: Different rules apply to farms, and individual States may have stricter rules.  Here is another website regarding Child Labor: