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March 17, 2014

New OSHA Guidance on Recording Temp Worker Injuries and Illnesses

we have worked 365 days without a lost time accidentOSHA just released a new educational resource that focuses on requirements for recording temporary worker injuries and illnesses. The new Recordkeeping Bulletin explains requirements of staffing agencies and host employers and addresses how to identify who is responsible for recording work-related injuries and illnesses of temporary workers on the OSHA 300 log. 

"The Recordkeeping Bulletin is the first of many materials we are releasing and helps clarify which employers are responsible for reporting injuries and illnesses," says OSHA head Dr. David Michaels. In recent months, OSHA has received and investigated many reports of temporary workers suffering serious or fatal injuries, many of which occur within their first week on the job.

Under OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses. The temporary worker Recordkeeping Bulletin helps businesses determine which employer is responsible for recording work-related injuries and illness on the OSHA 300 log. This is the first in a series of guidance documents that will be released to support the initiative to raise awareness about compliance with OSHA requirements for temporary workers.

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