Hazardous Occupations for Minors


The Colorado Youth Employment Opportunity Act (CYEOA) of 1971 is a state law regulating youth employment in the state of Colorado.  In addition to reviewing the restrictions under the CYEOA, the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) should be reviewed.  The FLSA is a federal law and its regulations do not permit the employment of minors in a variety of circumstances.  The Colorado Division of Labor is a state agency and cannot intervene or assist in matters involving the application and interpretation of federal laws.

NOTE: When both federal and state laws apply, the more stringent standard must be observed. For more information about federal law and the FLSA, please contact the U.S. Department of Labor at 720-264-3250 or 866-487-9243.

Hazardous Occupations Prohibited for Minors

The hazardous occupations listed below are prohibited for minors under the  Colorado Youth Employment Opportunity Act of 1971 .

Note: the list of prohibited occupations below is not all-inclusive.  Contact the Division for more information.
  • Operation of any high pressure steam boiler or high temperature water boiler.
  • Work which primarily involves the risk of falling from any elevated place located ten feet or more above the ground except that work defined as agricultural involving elevations of twenty feet or less above ground.
  • Manufacturing, transporting, or storing of explosives.
  • Mining, logging, oil drilling, or quarrying.
  • Any occupation involving exposure to radioactive substances or ionizing radiation.
  • Operation of the following power-driven machinery:
    • Woodworking machines
    • Metal-forming machines
    • Punching or shearing machines
    • Bakery machines
    • Paper products machines
    • Shears
    • Automatic pin-setting machines
    • Power food slicers and grinders
    • Any other power-driven machinery deemed hazardous by the Director
  • Slaughter of livestock and rendering and packaging of meat.
  • Occupations directly involved in the manufacture of:
    • Brick or other clay construction products
    • Silica refractory products
    • Wrecking or demolition, but not including manual auto wrecking.
    • Roofing.
    • Occupations in excavation operations.

Advisory Bulletin: Youth Employment Hazardous Occupations for Minors, 4(III)
Colorado Revised Statute 8-12-101 et seq. (Colorado Youth Employment Opportunity Act)
Colorado Revised Statutes 8-12-110 (Hazardous Occupations for Minors)


U.S. Department of Labor Youth and Labor Information
U.S. Department of Labor Hazardous Jobs for Minors

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Fact Sheet: Colorado Youth Employment Opportunity Act
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