Do I have to comply with OSHA for our temporary workers?

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) generally requires that employers provide a safe working environment for their employees, which includes removing serious hazards in the workplace and complying with OSHA’s safety and health standards (example training and equipment).  This duty extends beyond just employees to all workers at the facility.  Temporary staffing agencies may have a joint burden toward its workers sent to work for clients including a responsibility to ensure compliance with OSHA requirements, but that in no way removes the burden on end-user companies to additionally comply by providing a safe working environment for workers from a staffing agency, including providing them with necessary safety equipment, protections and training.


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