NIOSH provides resources for protecting temporary workers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Services Sector Council released a new set of best practices, Protecting Temporary Workers: Best Practices for Host Employers, to help host employers better protect the safety and health of temporary workers. Research shows that the risk of experiencing a work-related injury may be higher for temporary workers compared to non-temporary workers.

Temporary agency workers are those who are paid by a staffing company and assigned to a host employer, including both short- and long-term assignments. Research demonstrates that the risk of experiencing a work-related injury may be higher for temporary workers than for non-temporary workers.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), host employers are responsible for protecting the safety and health of all workers, whether temporary or permanent.

The best practices are organized into three sections:

  • Evaluation and contracting;
  • Training for temporary workers and their worksite supervisors; and
  • Injury and illness reporting, response, and recordkeeping.

This document, applicable across industries and occupations, includes real-life scenarios to provide examples of how the recommended practices might be implemented as well as checklists for each of the three sections that can be printed or completed electronically. There is also a slide deck for staffing companies to use to educate their host employer clients about the best practices contained in the document.

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