SECTION 2 – Terms and Conditions of Service
SUB SECTION 10 - EMPLOYMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 (U18s)

2.128  It is the duty of an employer to protect young people under the age of 18 from excess stress and danger in the workplace.  Dep employees (aged 16 - 18) are employed in accordance with current Dep terms and conditions with the following exceptions:

  1. Hours of Work.  U18s may not be employed for more than 40 hours per week and generally not more than eight hours per day.  The eight hours are to include rest periods listed below.
  2. U18s are not to be employed for more than five days per week.
  3. If a working day is less than eight hours, up to eight and a half hours may be worked on subsequent days to make up the weekly maximum of 40 hours.
  4. Working Hours.  U18s may only be employed between the hours of 0600 and 2000, with the following exceptions:
    1. In messes and hospital kitchens.
    2. Up to 2300 hrs in establishments where shift work is performed.
    3. In isolated units where there are transport problems U18s may start from 0530 hrs or work until 2300 hrs to avoid unnecessary waiting time.
    4. When in the summer work activities subject employees to excessive heat U18s may, with authority from LEC Sp Svcs, HQ BFG, commence work at 0500 hrs.
  5. Saturday Working.  U18s are not to work on Saturdays except in the following:
    1. Hospitals.
    2. Transport establishments.
    3. Domestic employment.
    4. Messes and hospital kitchens.
    5. In connection with training facilities outside the normal place of work.
    6. In connection with sport.
    7. In connection with emergency medical services.
    8. Vehicle repair shops.
    Two Saturdays per month must be work-free and the five day week rule applies.
  6. Sunday Working.  U18s are not to work on Sundays except in the following:
    1. Hospitals.
    2. Messes and hospital kitchens.
    3. In connection with sport.
    4. In connection with emergency medical services.
    Where Sunday work is required U18s are to be given every second Sunday off and the five day week rule applies.
  7. Shift Work.  U18s must not work for more than 10 hrs, or, if working in catering establishments, 11 hrs.
  8. Work on German Public Holidays.  U18s are not to be employed on German public holidays.  If U18s are, exceptionally, required to work on a public holiday (e.g. lunchtime supervisors) the conditions for Sunday working apply.
  9. Rest Periods.  U18s are to be given the following rest periods:
    1. During working periods of four and one half hours: 30 mins.
    2. During working periods of six hours or more: 60 mins.
    Periods of work without a break must not exceed four and one half hours. Breaks are not to be less than 15 mins and U18s are not to be permitted to work or prepare work during breaks. A minimum of 12 hrs is to be allowed between one working day and the next.
  10. Employment Restrictions for U18s.  U18s are not to be employed under the following conditions:
    1. On work which exceeds their physical capabilities.
    2. Where they are exposed to physical danger (i.e. dangerous equipment, substances or situations) and where, due to lack of experience and knowledge of safety regulations they may be exposed to accidents.
    3. On work where they may be exposed to extremes of heat, cold or damp.
    4. On work where they may be exposed to excessive levels of noise, vibration, radiation, heavy metals, or poisonous and corrosive substances.

The minimum age for operating fork lift trucks is 17 years.  Adequate training and supervision is to be given before an U18 is allowed to operate this or other forms of machinery.

 

2.129  The regular hours of work are to be prominently displayed in units where three or more U18s are permanently employed.

 

Records for U18s

2.130  The LSU is to maintain a separate list of all U18s employed.

 

Medical Examination for U18s

2.131  U18s are to produce a certificate of fitness from the Medical Officer prior to commencing his/her first employment.  If the employee changes jobs from a sedentary post to a physically demanding post he/she must produce a certificate of fitness before employment may commence.

 

Revised: 1 JUL 15