Just a few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its new Recordkeeping Bulletin specifically aimed at raising awareness and compliance with requirements that temporary workers receive the same training and protection that existing workers receive.
This comes as welcomed guidance in the oft-confused process of reporting injuries or illnesses in the case of temporary workers, where the question of whose responsibility it is–staffing agency or host company–was not clearly answered.
We often see similar ambiguity when it comes to determining who is responsible for ensuring that temporary workers are properly trained.
Trend of just-in-time workers
It’s a trend we’ve seen since the 2009 recession – companies simply aren’t adding full-time positions like they used to, but are instead growing their numbers of temporary employees.
As of August, 2013, 2% of the national workforce was classified as temporary workers–a number incredibly close to the national record of 2.03% dating back to April of 2000.
A staggering 19% of all new jobs created between June, 2009 and April, 2013 were temporary positions, totaling 913,200.
So it’s no wonder, then, why OSHA has stepped in to clarify what were blurred lines between full-time and temporary workers–especially when it comes to issues as important as injury and illness reporting.
Training, whose responsibility is it?
Here are a few points regarding employing temporary workers that are absolutely worth the time to get acquainted with: