To fill critical openings and to maintain flexibility in economic uncertainty, more employers are hiring temporary workers. OSHA and other organizations have long argued that temporary workers are at increased risk of injury because they are often placed in various jobs which can be hazardous, aren’t properly trained, have language and cultural barriers, and are subject to retaliation. OSHA frequently cites both host employers and staffing companies for safety and health violations related to temporary workers.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), together with several partners, recently released a new set of best practices for protecting temporary workers. This manual builds on resources developed by OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative, launched in 2013. The best practices include real-life scenarios of how to implement the recommended practices and are organized into three sections:
There are also checklists that cover all three sections. For staffing agencies, there is a slide deck to help educate host employers.
It reminds host employers that before contracting with a staffing company, the following steps should be taken:
Joint responsibilities should be set forth in a written contract that includes:
The NORA Services Sector Council will host a related webinar on August 30 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET to provide an overview of the best practices. Registration can be found online.