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J Agromedicine. 2012;17(2):163-85. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2012.660434.

Historical background of the child labor regulations: strengths and limitations of the agricultural hazardous occupations orders.

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  • 1Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Olympia, Washington, USA.


The purpose of this paper is to review the background of key legislative and regulatory milestones of the initial laws and federal child labor provisions limiting hazardous work by children in agriculture up to the more recent developments contributing to the proposed updates to the agricultural hazardous occupations orders. A summary of the key changes are described and the significant differences between agricultural and nonagricultural regulations are highlighted. Recommendations for future policy are provided.

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