There is much confusion surrounding how employers should be reporting to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) any injuries involving temporary workers. Many organizations either don’t think they need to record these incidents or they aren’t aggressive enough in letting workers know that they should be reported. In fact, a Washington State Department of Labor & Industries study, which we reported on earlier this year, found that only one-third of employers enter injuries from temporary workers into their OSHA logs. Unfortunately, this leads to situations in which temporary employees are not provided the same protection as permanent staff members.
What does OSHA suggest?
OSHA has an entire website dedicated to issues that affect temporary workers. They recommend that staffing agencies and host employers work out in their contract which OSHA responsibilities they will handle, such as compliance and recordkeeping responsibilities.
This way, there is no confusion about who should fill out OSHA 301 Incident Report Forms in the event that one of these employees is injured on the job. While both organizations would be required to submit OSHA’s Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300) if they have more than ten employees, only one would have to submit the incident form, depending on the terms of their service contract.
The task of reporting these incidents to OSHA can be very complex at times, which is why it’s a good idea for safety managers to have a tool that can automate the process as much as possible. Learn how IndustrySafe recordkeeping software is able to store all of your incident data and generate OSHA reports by scheduling a demo today.