Your team might contain a mix of temporary staffers and those employed by your company, but everyone has a right to the same safe and healthy working conditions. If you think protecting temp workers is the sole responsibility of the staffing firm, you’re sorely mistaken.
OSHA requires the staffing agency and host employer to work together to make sure all requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 are met in full. Find out how to do everything in your power to ensure temporary workers are just as safe as employees on your payroll.
Four Ways to Keep Temp Workers Safe on Your Watch
Review the Staffing Agency’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program
If possible, OSHA recommends requesting a copy of the staffing agency’s injury and illness prevention program, so you can learn more about their standards. It’s also wise to ensure everyone is on the same page by giving them a copy of your program.
Additionally, OSHA advises requesting a copy of the safety training and certification records of any temporary workers who will be joining your team. Reviewing this information will allow you to better gauge the amount of training that should be provided before the person starts work.
Clearly Define Responsibilities in the Contract
Miscommunications with the staffing agency can result in worker injuries or even death, so all details must be clearly hammered out in the contract. When possible, OSHA recommends clearly stating which employer is accountable for certain safety and health responsibilities. Review this division regularly to ensure everyone is holding up their end of the agreement, and certain responsibilities fall under the umbrella of the correct party.
Maintain Detailed Records on Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
Despite your best efforts, it’s possible injuries and illnesses will occur at your worksite. When this happens, staying on top of these accidents is the best way to prevent repeat incidents. An investigation must be launched to get to the root of the problem, so necessary changes can be made.
If a temporary worker sustains an injury, inform the staffing agency immediately, so they’re aware of the situation. The staffing agency should do the same if it’s the first to learn about an incident.
Provide Temporary Workers With the Same Training as Your Own Employees
They might not technically be your employees, but temporary workers are your responsibility. Consequently, OSHA requires you to arrange for training that’s identical or equal to the training provided to your own employees for work of the same or a similar nature.
Stay in close communication with the staffing agency, and let them know when training programs have been completed. This ensures all the bases are covered, so no one accidentally falls through the cracks.
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