Regulations with regard to hazardous work for employees under the age of 18 were gazetted in January 2010 in line with section 43 (1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act which allows the Minister of Labour to gazette regulations. In 2013 the Basic Conditions of Employment Act was amended with the following purpose:
This week the Department of Labour published a booklet on their website which summarizes these regulations but also includes provisions from the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. The communication has a number of interesting aspects to it and we have attached it for general interest. Of particular interest is:
The booklet outlines, in line with international practices, the basis on which children under the age of 18 may work and identifies work which they may not be asked to do. The full booklet is available below.
It is a criminal offence to require a child under the age to work in work not covered by the clauses above, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 6 years.