Suitable work - Alasivu

The employer must ensure that the work to be required from a young worker will not harm the physical or mental development of a young worker. The work may also not require greater effort or responsibility than what is reasonable considering the age and strength of young workers. The employer must consult the occupational health care service in assessing health hazards.

The work may not interfere with young worker's school attendance.

The relevant Decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health contains a list of examples of job duties that are light work suitable for young workers. ‘Light work’ is defined as work that poses no risk to a young worker’s health, development or school attendance. Such work may be assigned to a young worker under the age of 15, provided that his/her 14th birthday is in the current calendar year.

This light work assigned to young workers may not include particularly hazardous or dangerous tasks provided for separately in legislation (for further information read the page Hazardous work).

When work is being performed by a young worker, a case-specific evaluation must be made regarding the work tasks suitable for the young worker. In evaluating the suitability of work, it must be considered whether the working conditions and work environment where the work is conducted, the requirements set by the work and the resulting responsibility, and physical and mental work load are appropriate for a young worker.

Light work may be considered to include:

  • selling refreshments, tickets and similar products at a competition, exhibition or a similar event,
  • running errands, distributing papers and fliers,
  • performances and other work at artistic, cultural and similar events,
  • writing, editing, communication and other media work,
  • assistant roles in retailing outlets, including displaying goods and attaching price labels, sorting and packaging goods and sales work; however, not work at a supermarket checkout,
  • assistant roles in office work,
  • planting, picking and providing assistance in horticultural and agricultural work, feeding domestic animals that are not dangerous,
  • assistant roles in hotels and restaurants, including setting tables, serving and selling,
  • minor assistant tasks in industry which do not involve working with, or in close contact with, substances or implements that may be harmful or hazardous to health,
  • in warehouses and similar facilities, receiving, sorting, handling and dispatching goods, labelling and inventorying,
  • in sanitation and cleaning work, cleaning premises, including flats, where substances or implements that may be harmful or hazardous to health are not handled, and
  • other light work that is similar to the aforementioned types.