My State:
Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of 2018 EHS Salary Guide

This report will help you evaluate if you are being paid a fair amount for the responsibilities you are shouldering.

In addition, EHS managers can find the information to keep their departments competitive and efficient—an easy way to guarantee you are paying the right amount to retain hard-to-fill positions but not overpaying on others.

Download Now!
Bookmark and Share
November 12, 2013
Groups seek improvement in protection for temp workers

Safety and health advocates are working to improve protection for temporary workers, whom they call “among our most vulnerable of employees.” Keep reading to see who’s affected and what it might mean for you.

For a Limited Time receive a FREE Safety Special Report on the "50 Tips For More-Effective Safety Training."  Receive 75 pages of useful safety information broken down into three training sections. Download Now

OSHA announced an initiative last spring to ensure that temporary workers are not left out when it comes to safety and health protection. But a coalition that includes unions and safety advocacy groups says more needs to be done.

The coalition has proposed a list of recommendations “to ensure that there is a clear, shared understanding of procedures and to promote collaborative efforts to protect temporary workers.”

They have asked that OSHA:

  • Clarify health and safety responsibilities in dual-employer settings (host employers and temporary staffing agencies);
  • Create a written policy specifying training requirements for temporary staffing agencies, including educating workers about their rights under OSHA;
  • Initiate a National Emphasis Program in high-hazard industries that use temporary staffing agencies;
  • Identify the 20 largest temp agencies in high-hazard industries and repeat offenders so that OSHA can investigate whether each agency provided proper training in compliance;
  • Require employers to provide the names and job titles of all workers employed the day of an investigation so OSHA can select those it wishes to interview;
  • Send a notice to the temporary staffing agency when OSHA initiates an inspection explaining that retaliation and intimidation are prohibited; and
  • Partner with nonprofit organizations and host discussions with temporary workers off-site.

OSHA’s temporary worker initiative

Last spring, OSHA directed field inspectors to assess whether employers who use temps are complying with their duties under the OSH Act. The agency created a new code in its information system to identify when these workers are exposed to safety and health violations.

OSHA personnel were also directed to assess whether temporary workers received required training in a language they could understand.

OSHA’s effort was in response to a growing number of reports of fatalities among temporary workers, many during their first days on the job.

Featured Special Report:
2018 EHS Salary Guide
   
   
 
 
Twitter  Facebook  Linked In
Follow Us
Copyright © 2021 Business & Legal Resources. All rights reserved. 800-727-5257
This document was published on https://Safety.BLR.com
Document URL: https://safety.blr.com/workplace-safety-news/safety-administration/temporary-workers/Groups-seek-improvement-in-protection-for-temp-wor/