The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is paying a lot of attention to the safety of temporary workers. In response to a disproportionately large number of accidents involving temporary workers when taken in conjunction with their representation in the total workforce, OSHA’s inspectors are asked to make note of temporary workers found at any site they are inspecting, and to include the temporary staffing agency that supplied the contract worker in their inspection roster..
Now, OSHA is keenly looking at all worksites which employ temporary workers to check for safety and health violations. So, it makes sense to be prepared for an inspection. Consider adopting the following procedures:
OSHA can easily and immediately recognize slackers, and will penalize them much more severely for the same type of violation as those who show commitment in good faith.
When an OSHA inspector seeks your voluntary consent to an inspection, being prepared is always the best option. Involving senior management and legal advisors at the outset, in the reasonable time allowed, provides better protection from the consequences of an OSHA Audit.
To protect your business, you need to have a solid strategy in place prior to and during an OSHA inspection. Let us discuss them in our next post.
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