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This topic covers safety and health issues surrounding temporary workers, defined as workers that are supplied to a host employer and paid by a staffing agency.

OSHA considers host employers and staffing agencies to be jointly responsible for the safety and health of temporary workers. To that end, the two parties must work together to ensure that temporary workers are afforded the same level of protections as other workers. This is often accomplished through a contract between the two employers that specifies which party will be responsible for training, providing PPE, recording occupational injuries and illnesses, and other safety-related duties.

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TypeTitleDateState
Final Rules 20 CFR 651, 652, 653, et al - Wagner-Peyser Act Staffing; Final Rule 11/24/2023National
Proposed Rules 20 CFR 651, 653, 655, et al - Improving Protections for Workers in Temporary Agricultural Employment in the United States; Proposed Rule 09/15/2023National
Final Rules 20 CFR 653 and 655 - Temporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Nonimmigrants in the United States; Final Rule 10/12/2022National
Proposed Rules 20 CFR 655 - Adverse Effect Wage Rate Methodology for the Temporary Employment of H-2A Nonimmigrants in Non-Range Occupations in the United States 12/01/2021National
Final Rules 20 CFR 655 - Adverse Effect Wage Rate Methodology for the Temporary Employment of H-2A Nonimmigrants in Non-Range Occupations in the United States 02/28/2023National
Final Rules 20 CFR 655 - Exercise of Time-Limited Authority To Increase the Fiscal Year 2021 Numerical Limitation for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program and Portability Flexibility for H-2B Workers Seeking To Change Employers 05/25/2021National
Proposed Rules 20 CFR 655 - Exercise of Time-Limited Authority To Increase the Fiscal Year 2022 Numerical Limitation for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program and Portability Flexibility for H-2B Workers Seeking To Change Employers 01/28/2022National
Final Rules 20 CFR 655 - Exercise of Time-Limited Authority To Increase the Numerical Limitation for FY 2024 for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program and Portability Flexibility for H-2B Workers Seeking To Change Employers; Temporary Rule 11/17/2023National
Final Rules 20 CFR 655 and 656 - Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States; Final Rule 01/14/2021National
Final Rules 20 CFR 655 and 656 - Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Immigrants and Non-Immigrants in the United States 03/12/2021National
Final Rules 20 CFR 655 and 656 - Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Immigrants and Non-Immigrants in the United States: Delay of Effective and Transition Dates 05/13/2021National
Final Rules 8 CFR 214 and 274a - Exercise of Time-Limited Authority To Increase the Fiscal Year 2022 Numerical Limitation for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program and Portability Flexibility for H-2B Workers Seeking To Change Employers 02/03/2022National
Final Rules 8 CFR 214 and 274a - Exercise of Time-Limited Authority To Increase the Numerical Limitation for FY 2023 for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program and Portability Flexibility for H-2B Workers Seeking To Change Employers; Correction 12/21/2022National
Final Rules 8 CFR 214 and 274a - Exercise of Time-Limited Authority To Increase the Numerical Limitation for Second Half of FY 2022 for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program and Portability Flexibility for H-2B Workers Seeking To Change Employers 05/23/2022National
Final Rules Adverse Effect Wage Rate Methodology for the Temporary Employment of H-2A Nonimmigrants in Non-Range Occupations in the United States 11/05/2020National
Checklists Host Employer Facility Inspection Checklist  National
Guidance Documents Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin No. 1: Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements  National
Guidance Documents Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin No. 2: Personal Protective Equipment  National
Guidance Documents Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin No. 3: Whistleblower Protection Rights  National
Guidance Documents Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin No. 4: Safety and Health Training  National
Guidance Documents Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin No. 5: Hazard Communication  National
Guidance Documents Temporary Worker Pocket-Sized Pamphlet [OSHA]  National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Temporary Worker Safety (Outline)  National
Handouts Temporary Worker Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Quizzes Temporary Worker Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Temporary Worker Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] -- Spanish  National
Quizzes Temporary Worker Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] -- Spanish  National
Checklists Temporary Worker Safety Best Practices Checklist  National
Checklists Temporary Worker Safety Checklist: Best Practices for Host Employers  National
Checklists Temporary Worker Safety Checklist: Best Practices for Staffing Agencies  National
Regulatory Analysis Temporary Workers  National
Questions & Answers We have a hearing conservation program, test our employees annually and provide hearing protections. We hire temporary workers and have a moderate (3 -9 month) turn-over rate with them. Are we required to perform audiometric testing temporary employees? 07/06/2017National
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