Temporary Workers

OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently released a report for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job. The publication highlights the joint responsibility of the staffing agency and host employer to ensure temporary workers are provided a safe work environment.

“An employer’s commitment to the safety of temporary workers should not mirror these workers’ temporary status,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. Michaels. “Whether temporary or permanent, all workers always have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. Staffing agencies and the host employers are joint employers of temporary workers and both are responsible for providing and maintaining safe working conditions.”

The new guidance recommends the staff agency and host employer contracts clearly define the temporary workers’ tasks and the safety and health responsibilities of each employer. Staffing agencies should maintain contact with temporary workers to verify the host has fulfilled its responsibilities for a safe workplace.

According to a new report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA) there is a trend in the American workforce that could cause a greater risk to worker safety… employers’ are increasingly relying on temporary workers.  There is a simple reason why this upward trend in temporary workers is dangerous to the workforce.  Find out more here.