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Protect Off-site Temporary Employees
All businesses should protect the safety and health of their employees, but temporary staffing agencies face unique risks and exposures due to the fluidity of their workforce’s location and their lack of supervisory control at client facilities. Unfortunately, when employees are sent to host employers, your agency also assumes a large portion of the risk. Staffing agencies can be held liable for the safety of its off-site employees, including any injuries that occur at a client’s worksite.
As a result, you may think that high workers’ compensation premiums and costly lawsuits are unavoidable, but that isn’t the case. Although your agency can’t completely protect temporary employees from occupational accidents and injuries once they are placed at an off-site location, by taking a proactive approach to managing risks you can reduce your exposures to a manageable level.
Review Potential Clients
In the same way that you wouldn’t hire a new employee without first checking his or her credentials, you shouldn’t bring on a new client without first exercising due diligence to ensure they are a proper and safe fit for your agency and employees. Before agreeing to work with a potential client, ask them for the following information:
- An overview of their business operations
- Specific job descriptions, including the following:
- Examples of job tasks
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements
- Safety requirements
- Potential hazards
- Existing safety manuals
- OSHA reports
Communication is vital to employee safety. Host employers should know to immediately contact you if a temporary employee is injured. Keep in mind that if you provide the day-to-day supervision of employees, you are required to record their work-related injuries in an OSHA Injury and Illness Log. If employees are at a client’s worksite, the host employer is responsible for record-keeping. Still, you should train all employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses promptly, regardless of the location.
Protect Your Agency and Your Employees
It’s always important to keep your employees safe, especially when you can’t supervise their day-to-day tasks or exposure to hazards. Contact your BIG representative at (954) 800-6400 to discuss who can provide you with industry-specific safety and compliance resources to protect your agency and its employees.