This resource center contains materials for host employers and contractors. A “host employer” is an employer that hires one or more contractors to work at the employer’s worksite(s) or perform services. A contractor is a person or company that performs specific activities or services for the host employer, such as additions, alteration, maintenance, and repair. Contractors hire subcontractors.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), contract workers accounted for 16 percent of all work-related fatal injuries in 2012. The most common causes of workplace fatalities for contractors include:

Federal OSHA and state rules apply to both host employers and to contractors. OSHA can cite either a host employer or a contractor, or both, for a violation.

OSHA’s multi-employer citation policy defines responsibility for safety in situations where more than one employer is involved. Several specific standards, including process safety management, hazard communication, lockout/tagout, confined spaces, HAZWOPER, and certain construction standards, specifically address multiemployer situations.

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TopicTitleDateState
Safety - General A customer requests a formal agreement that we are solely responsible for the safety of our employees and subcontractors at their worksite. Can they require us to do that? 03/25/2014National
Safety - General Are You Responsible for the Safety of An Independent Contractor's Employee?  National
Confined Spaces As a company with permit confined spaces, do we need to supply on site contractors with emergency services if they are entering our confined spaces? 03/05/2008National
Training (Construction) Construction Safety (Word)  National
Lockout/Tagout Contractor Certification  National
Safety - General Contractor Employees' Safety (Word)  National
Safety - General Contractor Safety  National
Safety - General Contractor Safety (PPT)  National
Construction - General Contractor Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Safety - General Contractor Safety and Health Agreement  National
Safety - General Contractor Safety and Health Questionnaire  National
Safety - General Contractor Safety Plan  National
Safety - General Contractor Safety Program (Word)  National
Emergency Preparedness Disaster Recovery Supplier and Contractor Contact List  National
Fall Protection (Construction) Fall Protection in Construction (PPT)  National
Forklifts Forklift & Pedestrian Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Forklifts Forklift & Pedestrian Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Construction - General If I see a contractor using a ladder improperly while working in my facility, am I obligated to correct him? Do I have the right to correct him? Who is liable? 02/12/2008National
Confined Spaces If only a contractor enters a permit space using a permit, is the host employer required to also maintain a copy of the closed permit for 1 year? 03/08/2012National
OSHA Is it a mandate to have sub contractors follow every safety policy that our company uses or can they deviate and our company be indemnified? If I require hard hats and glasses and they don't can/should I force them? 03/25/2008National
SDS Outside Contractors and Hazardous Chemicals (Word)  National
Ladders (Construction) Portable Ladder Inspection Checklist for Construction  National
Ladders Portable ladders: Choose the right one  National
Ladders Portable ladders: Inspections  National
Ladders Portable ladders: Safe work practices while climbing and working  National
Temporary Workers Temporary Worker Safety Checklist  National
Training Train Contractors? You Should.  National
Confined Spaces We have several confined spaces at our plant, but only two of them would be considered permit-required ... 11/03/2010National
Hazard Communication We were asked to submit an MSDS and Hazard Communication Program for a subcontractor. However, we are not a chemical supplier or chemical user. The subcontractor is only using spray paint. What are our requirements? 09/22/2009National
Construction - General What are the pros and cons of hiring a subcontractor? There seems to be a lot of confusion on who is responsible for training, recordkeeping, and regulatory compliance. 03/10/2011National
Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300) Who's Responsible for an Injury at a Multiemployer Worksite?  National
Heat and Cold Working in Hot Conditions (PPT)  National
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