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Temporary Employees: Who records their injuries and illnesses?

- May 19, 2014 by Thomas Jolliff, ARM, CEES, ALCM (View all posts by Thomas)

The question of safety responsibility for temporary employees has been discussed for years, and now OSHA has weighed in to help clear up the confusion with their Temporary Worker Initiative.

Whether you are the employer (host) or the staffing agency, responsibility for the temp worker is shared. OSHA’s initiative addresses record keeping, which even under normal circumstances can be a fuzzy topic.

The factor that determines who records the temporary employee’s injury on their OSHA 300 log has to do with who was supervising the employee at the time of the accident – host employer or staffing agency representative.

We frequently get asked about the training aspect of temp employees (yep, they need to be trained and treated as if they were your own employees), but the question of record keeping responsibility has remained relatively unresolved, until now.

Supervision is defined by OSHA as “day-to-day” oversight of the temporary employee’s activities and control of their workplace exposures.

If that sounds like you, record your temp’s injuries on your OSHA log.

References:

“Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements.”  OSHA.gov. U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, n.d. Web. 17 March 2014. https://www.osha.gov/temp_workers/OSHA_TWI_Bulletin.pdf