OSHA Clarifies Temporary Worker Safety Responsibilities in New Memo

Posted by
Lance Roux
on Jul 31, 2014

Generally, the host employer has primary responsibility for identifying workplace hazards and complying with worksite-specific requirements. However, the staffing agency also has a duty to ensure it isn't sending workers to unsafe work sites. Agencies have a “duty to diligently inquire and determine what, if any, safety and health hazards are present at their client's workplaces."

The memo clarifies that the decision of an OSHA inspector to investigate a staffing agency does not depend on whether or not a staffing agency management representative is at the worksite. If a temporary worker could be exposed to a serious hazard or if the staffing agency doesn't appear to have taken any actions to learn of the worksite conditions, then the inspector should initiate an inspection. 

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