Minor Children Performing Research in Laboratories:
What is required?
Minor children performing research in laboratories require greater care and oversight than adult University students. Before work begins in a laboratory, risk management compliance standards should be met.
Under University policy, persons receiving gratuities, meal vouchers or other reimbursement are considered volunteers. Those persons, including minor children, receiving payment or stipend for services, are considered employees and lab personnel must work through the employment process with the Department of Human Resources. When children are recognized as employees, lab personnel should follow the training and safety standards established for all employees.
Minor children who are designated as "volunteers" are subject to additional protocol. Requirements are outlined in the "Minors Performing Research on Campus" document. This document provides information relative to safety and emergency procedures, hazardous material restrictions and safety training requirements for minors. Appended to the document are forms for completion. The PI or designee is required to complete a checklist outlining the research to be conducted and the hazards associated. A waiver form, and medical consent form, must be signed by a parent or legal guardian of the minor child.
All required documents shall be submitted prior to the commencement of any work in the laboratory. The appropriate RMS staff will review documentation; lab personnel will be contacted for additional information if necessary.