Children in the Workplace
The University of Florida recognizes that family is important. There are many opportunities for children to be on campus for special events. However, it is generally not appropriate for children of any age to be in the workplace on a regular basis, such as after school each school day or on regularly scheduled school holidays.
With supervisory approval, children may be brought to the workplace by an employee for brief visits or other times when it is more efficient for the employee to bring the child into an office (shortly before or briefly following a physician’s appointment, for example). Children must be supervised on these visits.
In the event of an emergency, and if there are no other alternatives, employees may have children present in the workplace for brief periods of time provided the parent obtains the immediate supervisor’s approval in advance. Such arrangements are only meant to be temporary in nature. When authorized to have a child in the workplace, the parent employee must supervise the child appropriately and should not leave the child in the custody of another University employee or student, even for brief periods of time. Approval is at the discretion of the supervisor and there is no burden of justification on the supervisor for turning down the request.
Children are not permitted in any hazardous area. Areas of campus that are considered hazardous include but are not limited to:
- Power plants, mechanical rooms, confined spaces, food preparation areas;
- Any areas, indoors or out, containing power tools or machinery with exposed moving parts or rotating equipment;
- Areas with excessive noise, temperatures, or pollutants;
- University vehicles, heavy duty or other motorized equipment;
- Any other high-risk areas (rooftops, construction zones, etc.);
- Laboratories or other specialized work areas that include chemicals, biological hazards, radioactive hazards, flammables, explosives, compressed gasses, sharp objects, lasers, animals, or hazardous wastes;
- Patient treatment areas.
If you have questions about this policy, please call Human Resource Services, Employee Relations, at (352) 392-1072.