Safety, Health and Welfare (Offshore Installations) Act, 1987

Prohibition of employment of certain persons.

14.—(1) Subject to subsection (4) of this section, a person under the age of eighteen years shall not be employed on or in an offshore installation to which this Act applies.

(2) A person shall not be employed either to work on or in an offshore installation to which this Act applies, or to work in the neighbourhood of the installation and in relation to exploration or exploitation as regards which such an installation is used, unless—

(a) either,

(i) the person has received adequate instruction, training or training and instruction concerning the work, as may be appropriate, and is competent to do the work without supervision, or

(ii) the person is while doing the work under the instruction and supervision of a person described in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph, and

(b) in either case, the requirements of any regulations under this section which are applicable to the particular case are complied with.

(3) The Minister may for the purposes of subsection (2) of this section by regulations specify requirements as regards training and instruction which shall be complied with and such requirements may be specified in relation to work generally or in relation to a particular activity, operation or process or to work of a specified description.

(4) The Minister may by regulations exempt, subject to compliance with such conditions (if any) as may be specified in the regulations, from subsection (1) of this section any activity, operation, process or work of a description specified in the regulations and such regulations may apply in relation to persons under eighteen years generally or to persons under that age who are of a specified class or description, and where regulations under this subsection are for the time being in force, the said subsection (1) shall be construed and have effect subject to the terms of the regulations.