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NIOSH Announces New Resrource for Temp Workers

July 29, 2022

NIOSH Announces New Resrource for Temp Workers

The future of work brings new challenges to occupational safety and health, including how to best protect and promote the well-being of all temporary workers, including those in higher hazard industries.

Temporary workers are those who are paid by a staffing company and assigned to work for a host employer company, including both short- and longterm assignments. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), along with several partners, has recently released a set of new best practices to better protect temporary workers on the job. The new document, Protecting Temporary Workers: Best Practices for Host Employers, builds on resources developed under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Temporary Worker Initiative, launched in 2013, by providing host employers with detailed best practices organized into three areas: 1) how to evaluate and address workplace safety and health in a written contract; 2) training for temporary workers and their worksite supervisors; and 3) injury and illness reporting, response, and recordkeeping. The best practices in this new resource are applicable across industries and occupations. The document also includes real-life scenarios of how host employers might implement these best practices, as well as checklists that can be printed or completed electronically. Additionally, staffing companies can access a complementary slide deck to educate their host employer clients about these best practices.
   —Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-07-18-22.html for more about this.