WASHINGTON – Both host employers and staffing firms are responsible for protecting temporary workers, OSHA administrator David Michaels stresses in a recently released video.
Temporary employees frequently change worksites numerous times a year, putting them at greater risk for injury. These workers often are inadequately trained to identify hazards and unaware of safety measures, Michaels said in the video.
Host employers should treat temporary workers the same as their own workers, Michaels added. While staffing firms are obligated to offer general safety training, host employers must provide site-specific training.
“In recent years, OSHA has investigated numerous cases of temporary workers being injured or even killed on the job, some on their first day of work,” Michaels said. “To address this very serious problem, OSHA has launched a concerted initiative, using enforcement, outreach and training to ensure that temporary workers are protected from workplace hazards.”
Stephen Dwyer, general counsel of the American Staffing Association, joined Michaels in the video.
Dwyer emphasized that staffing firms should clearly communicate with host employers to ensure all parties grasp their safety obligations.