OSHA Ensures Safety to Temporary and Contracted Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is updating its take on all temporary and contracted employees.

A recent article came out covering the safety of temporary and contracted workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently placed renewed focus on protecting temporary and contracted workers, encouraging employers to treat temporary worker safety the same as they do with permanent employees.

OSHA’s Renewed Focus on Temps

OSHA recommends that the temporary staffing agency and the host employer set out their respective responsibilities for compliance with applicable OSHA standards in their contract. Including such terms in a contract will ensure that each employer complies with all relevant regulatory requirements, thereby avoiding confusion as to the employer’s obligations.

Recommended Practices: Protecting Temporary Workers (from OSHA)

The National Safety Council (NSC) also calls for host employers and staffing agencies to coordinate and share responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of temporary and contract workers. State-by state data show temporary workers can have double the risk of suffering severe injuries at work and often are assigned to higher risk jobs, according to the NSC.

Aside from working closely with staffing agencies, the NSC also recommends employers:

  • Establish a policy that states clearly that all workers in all types of employment arrangements have equal rights to a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure that all workers, including temporary and contract workers, are provided a safe and healthy workplace and that there is clarity on supervisory control.
  • Establish mandatory requirements for safety training based on the work environment and risks of job assignments to be delivered by the contract worker employer, staffing agency, and/or host employer.
  • Work with contract worker employers and staffing agencies to identify how to gather and analyze appropriate information about temporary and contract workers to better understand any challenges to ensuring their safety and health and what strategies can be effective in further reducing risk.
  • Develop strategies with contract worker employers to ensure roles and responsibilities associated with accountability for worker safety are clearly understood and effectively executed.
  • Monitor trends in the use of temporary and contract workers in order to address changing needs for maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for all workers.

To learn more about OSHA’s temporary employee and contracted workers regulations, contact MAC Safety or MAC Safety NE.

Taking your Workplace Safety program to the next level.

MAC Safety – The Solution to taking your Workplace Safety program to the next level

It is time to improve your workplace safety program. OSHA has announced new reporting requirements, beginning in 2017, many employers must electronically provide to the agency the details concerning the workplace injuries and illnesses kept on their OSHA 300 logs. No big issue right? Here is the part that will be alarming to most – OSHA then will make this material available for public viewing on its web site.

With unrestricted access to this information, your current and potential customers, vendors and clients will have a comprehensive view of your workplace safety program. If what they see is a poor safety record with significant injuries and illnesses, you may lose business opportunities. Safety will play a bigger role in the procurement process than it ever has. Take action: now is the time to have MAC Safety review your safety programs, advise and audit to ensure your training records are documented, and most importantly help advise (that is the key, not just identify problems, but be the problem solver / the solution) to decrease the number of injuries occurring at your job-site / facility and ensure your employees go home safe every night.

All employers have good intentions and want to realize this goal, but fail to execute. After OSHA makes an announcement like the electronic reporting requirement, meetings are called, mandating safety must improve. Here comes the MAC Safety vision:

Having a vision for your company’s safety programs and developing safe work behaviors in your employees are the key components that MAC Safety will assist your management team with, and help you realize your vision: To keep injury rates at the lowest level. We all know achieving any goal involves surrounding yourself with the right people – MAC Safety professionals are the right people – with over 80+ years of job-site safety, railroad safety, DOT compliance, experience in the Steel Mill, Chemical, Heavy Manufacturing, Construction – Residential /Industrial, Retail Warehouse, Food Safety Industry, and Oil and Gas Industry – MAC Safety will help create the vision and ensure implementation.

We believe in all team members buying in to the vision, the vision that is yours – not ours – we are here to assist and implement, we believe these tasks may seem difficult at first, but with MAC Safety we believe we will deliver you the safety program you want.

Regulating On-Site Safety

Rigid Regulations, Automation Dehumanizing On-site Safety

An on-site safety policy is critical for a laundry list of dangerous industries. Safety plans are put in place to ensure the protection of employees and keep them from being injured or even killed on the job. With the rapid expansion of on-site labor over the last several years, on-the-job deaths have continued to climb. Although some of these deaths are contributed to lack of experience, others blame worker exhaustion and other factors.

Even though safety policies and regulations exist in many industries to save workers’ lives, the fact is that they can do more harm than good. Over regulated safety policies can cause workers to become tired, distracted, and doesn’t tap into the basic needs of employees.

Why is Over Regulation a Bad Thing for On-site Safety?

It makes sense to think that safety regulation is simply a thorough policy to keep workers safe. However, too many rules and regulations can ultimately lead to workers feeling as if they are simply a body in place to complete a specific task. This leads to a general lack of interest on the job, and can even leave workers feeling distracted and fatigued.

It’s no surprise that distracted and fatigued workers are at higher risk for injury on the job. Whether it’s in the control room or out in the oilfield, it’s important to allow employees to think for themselves. Unfortunately, rigid regulations and automation can make workers feel as if they have no option to think for themselves—even if it’s determined to be for their own good according to top-level safety officers.

What Matters in terms of On-site Safety Regulations?

There’s no denying that the overall goal of safety regulations is to prevent work-related injuries. However, there are several human needs that should be met within your safety policy. Some of these needs include:

• The feeling of self-efficiency during a task, no matter how repetitive or daunting
• Communication with team members in order to keep workers mentally stimulated
• Sense of pride in work
• Sense of team and community
• Ambition to meet goals

Is Your Safety Policy Meeting The Human Needs of Your Workers?
If not, MAC Safety specializes in creating custom safety policies for on-site safety. We can help develop a safety plan that keeps your workers both safe and empowered while on the job. Get in touch with us today for your customized safety plan.

OSHA Announces Updates to Employer Recordkeeping in 2016

Employers to post 300A Injury & Illness forms from February through April

The recent employer changes announced by OSHA will effect employers this year and will result in being non-compliant if these forms are not complete. Here is how the changes are to work:

Employers must now post their 300A (OSHA) form between February 1 and April 30, 2015.
Employers who staff ten or fewer employees and employers in low-hazard industries are typically exempt from requirements associated with illness and injury recordkeeping. However, with the January 2015 changes that went into effect, certain previously exempt industries are now covered.

To view a full list of these industries that now require posting, click here.

To view the list of industries that are exempt, click here.


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