The American Staffing Association will host a free webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 28, that focuses on how OSHA can help staffing firms and host employers better understand their responsibilities for ensuring the safety of temporary workers. The webinar, “Communicating with Workers About Hazardous Materials,” will be presented by Sven Rundman, a supervisory industrial hygienist in OSHA’s Office of Health Enforcement. Rundman will review a bulletin (PDF) issued last year by OSHA that requires employers to provide information and training to employees regarding hazardous chemicals to which they may be exposed on the job. Webinar attendees will learn how to identify who is responsible for providing hazard communication training to temporary workers, what staffing firms’ and host employers’ responsibilities are, and how OSHA can help employers ensure the safety of their workers.
The bulletin on hazard communication is part of a series of guidance documents developed under OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative, which seeks to elevate hazards facing temporary workers to national concern. Two bulletins published more recently address temporary workers’ exposure to bloodborne pathogens and operation of powered industrial trucks. The agency’s initiative is intended to help host employers and staffing agencies understand their responsibilities for protecting workers. Another focus of the initiative is on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary workers are jointly employed by a staffing agency and host employer.
More information is available on OSHA’s webpage on protecting temporary workers.