During a November 2, 2013 forum, a coalition of workplace safety groups urged OSHA to further improve safety and health condition protections for temporary workers. OSHA Assistant Secretary, Dr. David Michaels, was presented with 15 recommendations that ranged from compelling OSHA inspectors to learn how temp workers were trained to requiring employers to provide rosters of workers to OSHA investigators for interview selection purposes.
The recommendations ask that OSHA create a National Emphasis Program in high-hazard industries that have a high concentration of temporary workers, including construction, manufacturing, warehousing, healthcare and transportation.
With an increased reliance on flexible labor by companies, with temp help accounting for 15 percent of job growth nationally over the past four years, it is important to assure worker safety.
Recommendations for OSHA: