OSHA announces plan to improve temporary workers protection

On April 29, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new measures to reduce work-related injuries and illness among temporary workers. The initiative was announced at the department headquarters during a program to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day, an annual observance on April 28 created to honor employees who lost their lives on the job and renew the country’s dedication to building safe and healthy workplaces.

OSHA field inspectors were instructed to use a new code to record the exposure of temporary workers to safety and health violations. They are further protecting temporary employees by cooperating with the American Staffing Association and employers that staff through agencies to encourage best practices.  

"On Workers' Memorial Day, we mourn the loss of the thousands of workers who die each year on the job from preventable hazards," explained Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. He added, "Workers must be safe, whether they've been on the job for one day or for 25 years."

Help protect temporary and permanent workers by providing the proper safety supplies, equipment, and training needed for each new task or worksite.

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