OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative is an agency-wide concerted effort that uses enforcement, outreach and training to assure that temporary workers are protected in their workplaces, according to the organization. In recent months, OSHA has received and investigated numerous reports of temporary workers suffering serious or fatal injuries, many of which occur within their first week on the job. OSHA’s initiative was launched to raise awareness and compliance with requirements that temporary workers receive the same training and protection that existing workers receive.
“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 Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “These materials will provide valuable information for both host employers and staffing agencies on how they can work together to make sure their workers are properly trained and protected.”
Stephen Dwyer, general counsel with ASA, the national trade association representing the staffing industry, says, “The American Staffing Association appreciates and supports OSHA’s efforts to ensure temporary workers’ safety and well-being, and looks forward to continuing to work with OSHA toward that end.”
Under the OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses.
The Recordkeeping Bulletin 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.
More information on OSHA’s Recordkeeping and Reporting requirements is available at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html. Additional information and resources on temporary workers can be accessed at www.osha.gov/temp_workers.