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Prohibited Occupations and Places of Employment For All Minors Under the Age of 18 Years
  • Manufacturing and storage of explosives
  • Motor vehicle driving and outside helper
  • Mining
  • Logging and sawmilling
  • The use of electrical tools, circuits, or equipment (except double insulated hand tools)
  • Exposure to radioactive substances or ionization radiation
  • Power-driven hoisting apparatus
  • Power-driven metal-forming, punching or shearing machines
  • Slaughtering or meat packing, processing or rendering. This includes electric meat slicers.
  • Brick, tile, and kindred products manufacturing
  • Wrecking, demolition, and shipbreaking
  • Roofing operations
  • Excavation operations
  • Automotive maintenance and repair, EXCEPT (the following are permitted):
    • island work
    • changing passenger car tires (no truck tires)
    • use of air hand tools
    • preparing cars for painting, limited to sanding and masking (no spray painting or welding)
    • hand cleaning and washing of motor vehicles (no flammable liquids)
    • clerical or bench work
  • Please be advised of the following requirement (which impacts the restaurant industry) enforced by the Department of Consumer Protection : 

    Sec. 30-90a. Employment of minors. Permits held by, and financial interests of, persons over eighteen on July 1, 1982, not affected. Any person over age eighteen may be employed by an employer holding a permit issued under this chapter except that any person fifteen years of age or older may be so employed by such an employer on premises operating under a grocery store beer permit. A minor performing paid or volunteer services of an emergency nature shall be deemed to be an employee subject to the provisions of this section.

  • Beverage bottling
  • Soldering, welding, brazing, smelting, rolling, flame cutting, or any other types of metal processing
  • Brick, clay or tile manufacturing
  • Coke and tar products processing/manufacturing
  • Dry cleaning/laundry operations
  • Processing of food products
  • Construction, EXCEPT the following:
    • Landscaping (planting small trees, shrubs, etc.)
    • General yard work/cleaning (no riding reel lawn mowers)
    • Brush painting & window cleaning (no ladders over 6 feet, no flammable cleaners/thinners, etc.)
    • Clerical/shipping/stock work
  • Glazing/glass cutting operations
  • Heat treating operations or helper
  • Ice manufacturing
  • Installation/maintenance/repair of electrical machinery/equipment
  • Paper/paper products/paperboard manufacturing
  • Plastic/plastic products manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical products manufacturing
  • Operation of foot, hand or power presses
  • Printing operations
  • Pressure testing
  • Synthetic fiber manufacturing
  • Rubber/synthetic rubber products manufacturing/processing
  • Spray painting and dipping
  • Stone cutting and processing
  • Leather products processing/tanning
  • Sewing machine operation using needles over 1/16 inch diameter
  • Tire recapping, vulcanizing or manufacturing
  • Textile machinery operations
  • Trash/cardboard compactor
Note: This is only a partial list of prohibited occupations for minors under the age of 18 years. See regulations 31-23-1 for a more complete list or call us for more information at (860) 263-6791.

Checklist for the Employment of Minors in the State of Connecticut | return to FAQs For Minors

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