OSHA’s Temporary Worker Policy

OSHA has issued a policy background memo to its field staff as part of its focus on preventing work-related injuries and illnesses among temporary workers.  In the memo, the agency reminds OSHA field staff of the agency’s long standing general enforcement policy regarding temporary workers.

“Too often in recent months, it has been OSHA’s sad duty to investigate fatalities and injuries involving temporary workers who were not given the necessary safety and health protections required under the Act,” wrote Thomas Galassi, director of OSHA’s directorate of enforcement programs.

As joint employers, both the host employer and the staffing agency have responsibilities for protecting the safety and health of temporary workers.  More information is available on OSHA’s Protecting Temporary Workers