Published Date: 04/21/2014
By Pat Rountree
On March 13, 2014, OSHA released a bulletin addressing which employer has responsibility for recording injuries on the OSHA 300 log for temporary agency employees. (See http://j.mp/tw-tw.) Staffing agencies and client employers both have responsibilities under employment laws, resulting in confusion at times about who does what.
The new bulletin from OSHA clarifies that:
- The staffing agency and host employer should establish procedures for temporary employees on reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.
- Both employers have responsibility to ensure that the agency employee receives appropriate safety training for the job (the same training as regular workers performing the same job) and is aware of potential hazards.
- The employer who receives notification of injury by the employee (based on established procedures) should notify the other employer of the injury.
- Generally, the host employer who controls the day-to-day activities of the employee should record covered injuries on their OSHA log.
- Staffing agencies are responsible for knowing about potential hazards and ensuring that the employees they send out will be working in a safe environment.
- Both employers share responsibility for safety and health.
OSHA stated in the news release that this is one of a number of bulletins that will be forthcoming to aid both employers in knowing their responsibilities and promoting a safe workplace for temporary workers.