May 17, 2015
All workers always have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. This means that it’s an employer’s responsibility to provide a safe work environment for all of its employees, including temporary workers.
Here’s a look at what regulators at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have recommended that employers and staffing agencies do in order to protect temporary workers.
Protecting Temporary Workers: Here’s What Should Be Done, OSHA & NIOSH Say
- The host employer’s worksite should be evaluated.
- Temporary workers should be trained to recognize safety and health hazards at a job site.
- Staffing agencies should ensure that host employers at least meet the industry standards for safety.
- Host employers should provide temporary workers with safety training that is identical (or similar and equivalent) to that provided to the host employers’ permanent workers who perform the same or similar work.
- Staffing agencies and host employers should both have their own Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, the progress and success of which should be tracked on an ongoing basis.
- Staffing agencies should maintain regular contact with temporary workers to verify that a host employer is, in fact, standing up to its duty to provide a safe workplace.
Additionally, OSHA and NIOSH have pointed out that temporary workers should be aware that:
- They have a right to report host employers who fail to provide the necessary training and safety protections.
- It’s illegal for employers to retaliate against temporary workers (or any employee) for filing a complaint or report with OSHA.
- Should retaliation occur (because, for instance, a host employer fires a temporary worker for filing a complaint with OSHA), reporting the retaliatory actions to OSHA will be key to holding employers accountable.
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