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Re: Youth – feeding the future. Addressing the challenges faced by rural youth aged 15 to 17 in preparing for and accessing decent work

Mary E. Miller
Mary E. MillerChild Labor/Young Worker SpecialistUnited States of America

Dear Jacqueline,

The attached journal article was written in response to the Obama administration's decision in 2012 to pull the proposal that would have updated the US agricultural child labor rules for the 21st century.  This was after the process was fully underway and public comments submitted, and amid much political opposition, particularly from the American Farm Bureau.  The proposal was not even made available to use as a reference for recommended work restrictions for youth.  I believe youth advocates, injury prevention and health and safety professionals should still use details of the proposed rule as guidance for age-appropriate work.  Additional elements not covered by the proposal are included in the journal article as well.  I acknowledge an oversight in the attached document, that attention must be given to ergonomic limitations for children and youth, particularly weight restrictions for lifting and carrying; and should be considered by researchers and policy makers.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Mary E. Miller, RN, MN
Child Labor/Young Worker Specialist