Your industrial environment should already be OSHA compliant, but what about your temporary employees? If you make use of a staffing service it is likely to supplement your current hiring needs and reduce costs. The temporary staffing company is responsible for their worker’s safety in an industrial setting but is at a disadvantage because they are not able to observe conditions or performance. Staffing managers have little control over safety at their client site but are still responsible for injuries on the job. Temporary hiring is on the rise and this also increases the likelihood of a serious on the job injury. OSHA has released several safety suggestions that can impact your business and your use of temporary employees.
- Joint responsibilities of both companies. New suggestions provided by OSHA encourage clarification of responsibilities of both the host company and the temporary staffing services. The request that both parties determine who is responsible for safety training, hazardous materials, record keeping, and injury or illness reporting. Staffing companies love to work with industrial environments who take on a proactive approach to the partnership.
- Employee orientation and OSHA rights. Because of the wide range of services provided by most staffing companies they are not currently required to offer specific OSHA information to their temporary employees. An orientation of employee rights while on a job can help prevent injuries. It will allow an employee to understand the procedures should they be hurt at work. OSHA encourages a staffing representative meet the new temporary employees on-site at the start of the assignment.
- Understand how to report issues. Current regulations state that a temporary employee is only responsible for letting their staffing company know about an injury. Often this means that the host company is not aware of the issue until days later, if at all. OSHA suggests including instructions for reporting the injury to the supervisor as well as the staffing representative. Inform all workers, including temporary staff, know about the proper reporting procedure in your facility.
- On-site inspections from staffing provider. Some temporary staffing providers like to visit the worksite before agreeing to a partnership. On-site inspection can be beneficial both for a service to assess the risk of danger and for a company to see how well the service understands their business. When you reach out to a staffing partner invite them to visit and tour your facility to assess before the first assignment.
Are you concerned about workplace safety for your employees and temporary workers? AtWork Personnel provides manufacturing staffing in Tennessee so contact us today!