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May 7, 2013

New OSHA Initiative to Protect Temporary Workers

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In recent months, OSHA has received a series of reports about temporary workers suffering fatal injuries - many during their first days on a job. In response, OSHA has issued a memorandum directing field inspectors to assess whether employers who use temporary workers are complying with OSHA standards.

OSHA has issued citations when employers have failed to provide adequate protections, including safety training. Inspectors have been directed to "document the name of the temporary workers' staffing agency, the agency's location, and the supervising structure under which the temporary workers are reporting (i.e., the extent to which the temporary workers are being supervised on a day-to-day basis either by the host employer or the staffing agency)."


In addition, they will assess whether temporary workers received required training in a language and vocabulary they could understand. Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 12 percent of total fatalaties reported. Hispanic/Latino contractors accounted for 28 percent of fatal work injuries among contractors - well above their 16 percent share of the overall fatal work injury total for the year.

OSHA head Dr. David Michaels said, "Many of those killed and injured are temporary workers who often perform the most dangerous jobs, have limited English proficiency and are not receiving the training and protective measures required."

Inspectors will now use a newly created code in their information system to denote when temporary workers are exposed to safety and health violations. Additionally, they will assess whether temporary workers received required training in a language and vocabulary they could understand.

In addition, OSHA has begun working with the American Staffing Association and employers that use staffing agencies to promote best practices that ensure temporary workers are protected from job hazards.
 

1 comment:

  1. I am in strong support of this initiative by osha, protecting temporary workers is the most important part of the job for a safety directors, a permanent worker possess good knowledge about the work but a temporary workers should also be provided with proper training as they can cause some serious problems if they dont have work knowledge.
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