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April 18, 1942

Current Comment

JAMA. 1942;118(16):1373. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830160033013

HAZARDOUS OCCUPATIONS FOR YOUNG WORKERS  The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 established a 16 year minimum age for employment in plants manufacturing goods for shipment in interstate commerce and also provided for the establishment of an 18 year minimum age in any occupation found and by order declared to be particularly hazardous for the employment of minors by the chief of the Children's Bureau of the U. S. Department of Labor. Reports and orders already issued by this bureau have dealt with the manufacture of explosives, driving of motor vehicles or serving as helper, coal mining, logging and sawmilling and the operation of wood working machines. Recently a sixth in this series of reports on occupations hazardous to young workers has been issued on radioactive substances, under the guidance of a distinguished list of medical and technical advisers. The recent review is concerned mainly with exposures and working conditions

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