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Employer Responsibilities to Protect Temporary Workers

Personal Protective Equipment:

Did you know that as an employer you are required to provide temporary workers with all of  necessary Person Protective Equipment (PPE) that are required for full time employees?

“Temporary workers are entitled to the same protections under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the OSH Act) as all other covered workers. When a staffing agency supplies temporary workers to a business, typically, the staffing agency and the staffing agency’s client (also known as the host employer) are joint employers of those workers. Both employers are responsible to some degree for determining the conditions of employment and for complying with the law. In this joint employment structure, questions regarding which employer is responsible for particular safety and health protections are common. This bulletin addresses how to identify who is responsible for providing personal protective equipment (PPE) pursuant to the PPE Hazard Assessment conducted for task(s) the workers will be performing, as well as training necessary for temporary workers. PPE may include items such as gloves; safety glasses and shoes; earplugs or muffs; hard hats; respirators; or coveralls, vests and full body suits.”

For more information please see the Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin for Personal Protective Equipment published by OSHA.


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