Conditions of Employment Act, 1936

Restrictions on employment of young persons at night.

47.—(1) Notwithstanding any provision of this Act other than the provision empowering the Minister to make exclusion regulations, it shall not be lawful for any employer to permit any young person not being a young person deemed to be an adult for the purposes of this Act, to do for him any industrial work at any time in the period (in this section referred to as the prohibited period) between the hour of 8 p.m. on any day and the hour of 8 a.m. on the following day unless such young person is a male young person and is so employed under and in accordance with regulations made by the Minister under this section.

(2) The Minister may by order make regulations authorising the employment of male young persons whose age is over sixteen years to carry on at any time in the prohibited period any of the following forms of industrial work, that is to say:—

(a) processes in which reverberatory or regenerative furnaces are used for the manufacture of iron and steel and the galvanising of sheet metal or wire (except the pickling process);

(b) manufacture of glass;

(c) manufacture of paper;

(d) manufacture of raw sugar;

(e) gold mining reduction work;

and the Minister may by such regulations impose in respect of such employment such conditions, limitations or restrictions as he may think proper.

(3) If any employer employs any young person in contravention of this section or in contravention of any condition, limitation or restriction imposed by regulations made under this section and for the time being in force, such employer shall be guilty of an offence under this section.