From Cliff Gerbick, CSP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released two additional bulletins in conjunction with their ongoing Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI). The TWI was started in April of 2013 and focuses on both temporary staffing agencies and those employers that utilize a temporary employees (host employers). The TWI focuses on clarifying safety and health responsibilities within the temporary staffing agency and host employer relationship. OSHA views this relationship as a co-employment situation and therefore both parties are responsible for safety and health.
The two bulletins released on March 13, 2015 provide information on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Whistleblower Protection Rights. The content of the bulletins does not create any new regulation, it only serves to clarify current OSHA Standards and provide guidance. OSHA is encouraging both temporary staffing agencies and host employees to spell out safety and health obligations in writing so no items are overlooked and all employees, regardless of whether they are full time or temporary, receive the same guarantee of a safe and healthful workplace.
OSHA has previously released a TWI Bulletin that focused on Recordkeeping and a Recommended Practices PDF that serves as general guidelines.
All of the OSHA published materials regarding the TWI can be found by (clicking here).
Cliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@TRNstaffing.com.