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New OSHA Temporary Worker Rules

Posted May 10, 2013 12:00 AM by Milo
Pathfinder Tags: osha temporary workers temps

On "Workers Memorial Day" OSHA sent out a memorandum regarding efforts to protect temporary workers.

"…the agency is making a concerted effort using enforcement, outreach and training to assure that temporary workers are protected from workplace hazards… Employers have a duty to provide necessary safety and health training to all workers regarding workplace hazards. In order to determine whether employers are complying with their responsibilities under the Act, please direct CSHOs in your region 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 violative condition…

"To better identify this vulnerable population, we need your assistance gathering and tracking certain information during inspections and investigations ofworksites where temporary workers are employed. For the purposes of this information gathering, "temporary worker" includes those who are working under a host employer/staffing agency employment structure. To capture this information, we have created a new OIS code for temporary workers."

What does this mean to you as an employer?

1) OSHA inspectors will be determining whether or not your company employs temporary personnel;

2) OSHA inspectors will be poring through training records and interviewing personnel to determine "whether those workers have in fact received required training in a language and vocabulary they understand."

3) OSHA inspectors will "document the name of the temporary workers' staffing agency, the agency's location, and the supervising structure under which the temporary workers are reporting."

4) OSHA will be tracking temporary workers employment using a new coding system.

If you use temporary employees, now would be a good time to go over this new development with your temp agency. Send them the link to this blog.

Make certain that employees are trained as required and document that training, regardless of whether it is provided by your company or the agency.

<irony> We'll let you know if we find any evidence of OSHA actually providing any "concerted effort of outreach and training"on this issue.

Final thought- Who is a temporary worker?

"For the purposes of this memorandum and the new coding, temporary workers are those supplied to a host employer and paid by a staffing agency."

New OSHA Protecting the Safety and Health of Temporary Workers memorandum

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Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Milo for sharing this blog entry, which originally appeared here.

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05/10/2013 11:27 AM

I thought the protection was the same, Otherwise, there may be discrimination here or if not, grounds for a lawsuit from either side can be expected.

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05/11/2013 6:36 AM

The labour office should punish employers(state,private,temporary,casual,on contract) if not safety,health,accident covers,medial insurance and retirement benefits to employees of all categories.

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05/11/2013 7:20 AM

Pnaban, they do.

If a claim by an employee is file against a company, the environment is against the company. In other words, the company has to prove their innocent and most attorneys suggest to settle.

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05/11/2013 10:35 AM

Is this another OSHA "rule" that they don't have enough personnel/funding to enforce?

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05/14/2013 4:01 PM

Come January, when the Affordable Healthcare Act gets fully implemented, the entire US workforce will be "temporary help".

We're gonna need more OSHA inspectors.

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05/20/2013 5:46 PM

I wonder how many temporary workers have been injured, to require this level of concern?

This seems to be a case of a bunch of OSHA employees skylarking around the scuttlebutt, trying to figure out a way to harass wascally, rapscallion, employers.

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