In preparation for summer internships and volunteer research of minors in laboratories and/or shops, EH&S has prepared the Release of Liability Waiver form and supporting documentation designed to inform minors and their parents and/or guardians of the potential risks that may be found in laboratories and shops. The documentation also includes a list of safety rules for minors working in laboratories and shops. These documents are sent in advance of a UC system-wide policy on Minors in Laboratories and Shops, which is expected to be approved later in 2011. These documents must be completed by every minor and their parents and/or guardians and kept on file by the Department where the minor will be interning or volunteering. (Note: all minors must either be unpaid interns or volunteers, as minors are prohibited by law from being employed in hazardous environments.)
In addition to completing these documents, please ensure all minors have received the appropriate laboratory and shop safety training PRIOR to their beginning work. At a minimum, anyone – minor or adult – who will be in a lab is required to complete the Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts class. Additional training requirements may apply depending on the nature of the work that will be conducted in the lab and/or shop. Please see the EH&S Class Descriptions and Training Schedule for more information and enrollment instructions.