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    U.S. Department of Labor - Hazard Order Occupations (exemptions)
     

    What are Hazardous Occupations Orders (HOs)?

    Non-agricultural HOs are regulations that prohibit 16- and 17-year-olds from performing certain types of work that the Secretary of Labor has deemed hazardous for minors. There are currently 17 non-agricultural HOs:

    • HO 1: Manufacturing or storage occupations involving explosives.
    • HO 2: Motor vehicle operations.
    • HO 3: Coal mine occupations.
    • HO 4: Forestry occupations, logging, and sawmilling.
    • HO 5: Power-driven woodworking machine operations.
    • HO 6: Radioactive substances.
    • HO 7: Power-driven hoisting apparatus occupations.
    • HO 8: Power-driven metal forming, punching, and shearing machine occupations.
    • HO 9: Occupations in mining, other than coal.
    • HO 10: Slaughtering, meat and poultry packing, processing, and rendering.
    • HO 11: Power-driven bakery machine occupations.
    • HO 12: Power-driven balers, compactors, and paper products machines.
    • HO 13: Brick, tile, and kindred products.
    • HO 14: Power-driven circular saws, band saws, guillotine shears, chain saws, reciprocating saws, wood chippers, and abrasive cutting discs.
    • HO 15: Wrecking, demolition, and shipbreaking operations.
    • HO 16: Roofing operations and work on or about a roof.
    • HO 17: Excavation operations.

     

    Vocational Education Programs Offered in Partnership with Businesses

    Are there any exemptions to the HOs that may apply when students become employees of a business?

    Yes. Below are the seven non-agricultural HOs that have exemptions for Apprentices and Student-Learners enrolled in vocational education programs that meet the requirements set forth in 29 C.F.R. §§ 570.50(b) or (c):

    • HO 5: Power-driven woodworking machines
    • HO 8: Power-driven metal-forming, punching and shearing machines
    • HO 10: Power-driven meat-processing machines, slaughtering and meat packing plants
    • HO 12: Balers, compactors, and power-driven paper-products machines—
    • HO 14: Power-driven circular saws, band saws, guillotine shears, chain saws, reciprocating saws, wood chippers, and abrasive cutting discs
    • HO 16: Roofing operations and work performed on or about a roof
    • HO 17: Trenching and excavation operations

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