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Safety of Temporary Workers Outlined in OSHA Policy

August 01, 2014 - Posted by Editorial Team

Temporary worker safety has been a topic of discussion showcased here before. Preventing work-related injuries among temporary workers by providing them with the appropriate safety training and equipment is a responsibility of employers. Now, OSHA has released a current statement regarding temporary workers' safety in its newsletter on Friday, August 1, 2014.

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The following statement is directly from the OSHA Newsletter:

"Temporary worker policy memorandum outlines responsibilities of host, staffing agencies

OSHA has issued a policy background memo to its field staff as part of its focus on preventing work-related injuries and illnesses among temporary workers. In the memo, the agency reminds OSHA field staff of the agency's long standing general enforcement policy regarding temporary workers.

"Too often in recent months, it has been OSHA's sad duty to investigate fatalities and injuries involving temporary workers who were not given the necessary safety and health protections required under the Act," wrote Thomas Galassi, director of OSHA's directorate of enforcement programs.

As joint employers, both the host employer and the staffing agency have responsibilities for protecting the safety and health of temporary workers. More information is available on OSHA's Protecting Temporary Workers Web page."