Keeping You Informed: New OSHA Initiative aimed at temporary workers...
This news article is to inform you that we have recently learned that a spike in reports of temporary workers suffering fatal injuries on the job has spurred a new initiative to protect them. On April 29, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an initiative to protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. The initiative, announced through a press release and a memorandum sent to all of OSHA's regional administrators, directs field inspectors to assess whether employers who use temporary workers are complying with their responsibilities under the OSH Act.
Proper Training is the key....
In many cases of recent injuries of temporary workers, OSHA reports, the employer failed to provide safety training or, if some instruction was given, it inadequately addressed the hazard, and this failure contributed to their death.
OSHA field inspectors are now directed to determine, within the scope of their inspections, whether any employees are temporary workers and whether any of the identified temporary employees are exposed to a volatile condition. In addition, inspectors are directed to assess - using both records review and interviews - whether those workers have received required training in a language and vocabulary they understand. A new OIS code has been established to identify temporary workers. In addition, field inspectors are directed to identify the workers' staffing company, the company'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 staffing client or the staffing agency).
All Personnel Source employees are given basic safety awareness training as prescribed by OSHA prior to being assigned to work. Although this training is very thorough, OSHA also requires that training specific to the site and job hazards must be given to every worker exposed to a safety hazard. All temporary employees should be given site specific safety training by the supervising employer prior to being exposed to a safety hazard.
We are very proud of the safety programs of our client employers and want to take this time to thank each one of you for your efforts in keeping our employees safe while on the job.
Personnel Source, Inc