Protecting Temporary Workers

Hiring temporary workers on job sites is a very common and financially beneficial practice. However, at times, proper training requirements are an unintentional oversight between the staffing agency and host employer. According to OSHA, temporary workers are 2-3 times more likely to suffer an injury while on the job.


Staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for temporary workers – including, for example, ensuring that OSHA’s training, hazard communication, and record keeping requirements are fulfilled.


KSV can bridge the gap between agencies and employers by:

  1. Identifying potential risks (PPE, LOTO, confined spaces, Hazcom) at host employer sites
  2. Training temporary work staff (in English and Spanish!)
  3. Assisting host employer implement an effective HSE Management System
  4. Improving communication / record keeping between host worker and staffing agency

Communication between the agency and employer is key to making sure temporary workers are trained in applicable OSHA courses both generally and specifically to a job, depending on where they will be placed.

Check out the video below for guidance and link to OSHA/NIOSH’s Recommended Practices for protecting temporary workers.

Temporary Worker Safety and Health (credit:OSHA)


OSHA & NIOSH Recommended Practices for Protecting Temporary Workers (PDF)

KSV Group provides comprehensive health, safety and environmental consulting services including regulatory compliance (OSHA, MSHA, DOT, EPA) risk evaluation and management, industrial hygiene, training, management systems, and staffing solutions. Contact us  to learn more about how we can help propel your HSE performance to the next level!

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