Regulations - The Facts

Health and Safety

There is no requirement for a separate risk assessment for work experience students where an employer already employs young workers under 18, as the risks should already have been considered. Where work experience students are the first young workers an employer takes on (or the first for some years), the employer should review the existing risk assessment.

For some higher-risk environments, the employer will need to consider specific factors where relevant – these are described in the HSE guidance. In the rare case where an accident may happen on an employer’s premises, the employer would be liable if the provider has taken the steps described in HSE’s guidance to satisfy themselves that the employer has put in place measures to manage the associated risks in their work place,prior to the placement.

Employers’ Liability Compulsory Insurance

As part of the government's Red Tape Challenge,ministers have written to employers confirming that the insurance industry has committed to treat work experience students as employees so that they will be  covered by existing Employers’ Liability Compulsory Insurance policies. If an employer has Employers’ Liability Compulsory Insurance cover already, they do not need to buy additional cover.

Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB)

From July 2012 providers are no longer required to carry out enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services checks on employers/staff supervising young people aged 16 to 17 on work experience. For young people intending to undertake work experience in the Health Care and Early Years Sector, they will need to have an enhanced DBS check before starting on their placement.

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