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Legal requirements 1111•11•• Health and safety: Steps must include:

24th June 2004, Page 40
24th June 2004
Page 40
Page 40, 24th June 2004 — Legal requirements 1111•11•• Health and safety: Steps must include:
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II Having a clear system in place to manage health and safety in the workplace. If you employ five or more people you must set this out in a written health-andsafety policy statement outlining procedures and designated representatives' roles. You will also need to appoint a competent person to help you comply with your legal obligations.

• Identification of hazards and assessment of risks. Once assessed, risk control measures should be implemented and again, if you employ five or more people this should be documented.

Wages: From 1 October this year a minimum wage will be introduced for young workers over 16 and below 18 of £3 an hour. However, 16 and 17 year old apprentices will be exempt so they can still be paid less than E3. The rate for 18-21 year olds is £3.80 an hour or £4.50 for workers over 22.

Contact: National Minimum Wage helpline: 0845 6000 678.

Hours: Workers between 15-18 are limited to a 40-hour week with maximum shifts of eight hours a day under the Working Time Directive. At four weeks, minimum holiday entitlement is the same as for an adult worker. They must also have two consecutive days off per week.


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