The Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards for Temporary Staffing
Each year OSHA puts out a list of the most frequently cited standards for the previous year. Usually the publicized list is a broad compilation of all industries and only has data from the most recent fiscal year, which typically is about a year behind. However, at any point in time, more current information on frequently cited standards for each specific industry is available on the website.
When looking at the information for temporary staffing, here are the top 10 most frequently cited standards from October 2015 – September 2016 and the applicable requirements to temporary staffing:
- Hazard Communication – 1910.1200
While host employers are responsible for training on specific chemicals temporary employees will be potentially exposed to, temporary staffing companies are responsible for ensuring general hazard communication training is done. This includes how to read a chemical label, pictograms and safety data sheets.
- Personal Protective Equipment – 1910.132
Most of the responsibilities for PPE will fall on the host employer, including the requirement to have PPE Hazard Assessments in place for each position, but staffing companies should ensure the hazard assessments have been done, appropriate PPE is being required and training is being provided.
- Lockout / Tagout – 1910.147
Temporary employees who will be performing lockout/tagout or who will be affected by lockout / tagout must be properly trained and provided lockout/tagout equipment if necessary.
- Portable Fire Extinguishers – 1910.157
Any employee, including temporary employees, expected to use a fire extinguisher in case of an emergency must be trained initially and annually thereafter.
- Powered Industrial Trucks – 1910.178
When placing temporary workers who will be operating forklifts, it’s vital to ensure training requirements are met. This includes general forklift training (by the staffing company or host employer) and site-specific forklift training to be done on the equipment they’ll be operating and in the facility they’ll be operating in.
- Occupational Noise Exposure – 1910.95
Workplaces with average noise levels above 85 decibels across an 8-hour timeframe must require employees wear hearing protection. It’s not expected staffing companies will conduct noise level testing, but if the environment seems too loud (you must raise your voice to talk to someone next to you), the noise levels are probably over the threshold and hearing protection should be required.
- Respiratory Protection – 1910.134
If temporary employees are required to wear respirators as part of their positions, they must be trained, fit tested and complete a medical evaluation prior to using the respirator.
- Machine Guarding – 1910.212
The exact guarding requirements will vary by machine, but the general rule is all pinch points or moving parts of equipment must be guarded from employee contact. If you’re able to reach your fingers or hands into moving parts of the equipment, it’s likely not properly guarded.
- Bloodborne Pathogens – 1910.1030
For temporary employees in positions where there’s a reasonable anticipation of contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials, there are a variety of requirements that must be followed per OSHA’s BBP standard. Most common for the staffing company will be general training, vaccinations, proper post-exposure evaluations and retention of medical records.
- Recordkeeping – 1904.39
If there’s a fatality or an incident that results in amputation, loss of an eye or hospitalization, it must be reported to OSHA directly (within 8 hours for a fatality or within 24 hours for the other types of incidents). Usually, it’ll be the host employer who reports, but if they don’t, both parties can be potentially cited for failure to report.
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