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To Temp or Not to Temp? That is the Question!

- October 24, 2014 by Guest Bloggers (View all posts by Guest)

As the economy continues to grow, many employers are having a greater need for temporary employees to keep up with production demands. Temporary employees are prone to injury due to a lack of industry knowledge or experience.  The primary and host employer both have a duty to ensure the temporary worker is properly trained to ensure his or her safety and the safety of others.

The primary employer should be responsible for general safety training and the host employer should be responsible for site specific training within their operation. In some instances, there are overlaps between general and specific training.  For example, the primary employer provides a trained forklift driver for the host employer. The host employer should train the temporary forklift operator on their site specific operating policies and procedures, and the host employer should observe the temporary forklift operator to measure their skills and abilities before authorizing the employee to operate a forklift.  If a temporary worker does not meet the skill level required for a position, the temporary worker should not be given an assignment within that specific scope of work.

Here are some best practices for primary and host employers to follow when hiring temporary workers:

  • Train temporary workers in the identification and prevention of workplace hazards specific to the operation
  • Primary and host employers should work together in order to identify the correct personnel, based on skill and experience, to place in the host employer’s operation
  • Temporary employees should be provided site specific training before being authorized to operate machinery or equipment
  • Primary employers should be responsible for general safety training, while the host employer should be responsible for site specific training
  • Host employers must provide the same training and health protections to both permanent and temporary employees

All employers, including primary and host companies, have a duty to ensure a safe and healthful workplace for all employees working in their operation. What best practices do you use in your workplace when hiring temporary employees?