Division of Labor and Industry


Teen Rules! - Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH)


What Jobs Can I Do?

When you are 13 or younger . . .
You can baby-sit, deliver newspapers or work as an actor or performer.

When you turn 14 . . .
You can work in an office, grocery store, retail store, restaurant, movie theater or amusement park.

When you turn 16 . . .
You cannot work in any job that IS hazardous such as mining, logging, meatpacking, roofing, excavation or demolition. You cannot drive a car or forklift, work with saws, explosives, radioactive materials or most power-driven machines.

When Can I Work?

If you are 14 or 15, you can work outside school hours . . .
After 7 a.m. and until 8 p.m. during the school year (9 p.m. in the summer)
4 hours on a school day
23 hours in a school week
8 hours on a non-school day
40 hours in non-school week

If you are 16 or 17, you can spend. . .
No more than 12 hours in a combination of school and work each day

What About Safety?

You have the right to. . .

A safe and healthful workplace free of recognized hazards

Speak up if you notice a safety or health hazard at work

Use required personal protective equipment

You are responsible to. . .

Follow your employer's safety and health rules

Follow safe work practices for your job as directed by your employer

Be aware of your environment at all times


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Safety Questions
Call MOSH (410) 527-4499

Wage and Hour Questions
Call Employment Standards Service
(410) 767-2357

Different rules apply to farms