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  • This is Only Temporary: Temporary Worker Safety

    How many times have you heard this line? I know I’ve used it myself at home when explaining my way out of something I just did or committed to. In Industry however, the use and definition of temporary connotes something completely different as it refers to workers and their hiring status. The temporary worker or “temp” as they are referred to, fill a need in the workplace for those companies not yet ready to commit to a long term employee status, especially if business is cyclical or if growth is actually sustainable. This also gives them the opportunity to see if the new temp hire will be a fit in their employee profile. Over the last several years temp agencies have grown in number by leaps and bounds, creating a whole new segment of workers in our society. These workers are not always treated with the respect they deserve, especially regarding their safety. Employers are responsible for ensuring the training and safety of the new temp hire.

    Below please read the latest news release form OSHA, NIOSH regarding temporary workers

    Aug. 25, 2014temporary worker safety

    Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999

    OSHA, NIOSH announce recommended practices to protect temporary workers' safety and health

    WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released Recommended Practices for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job.

    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels made the announcement today at the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association annual conference in National Harbor, Md. The new Recommended Practices publication highlights the joint responsibility of the staffing agency and host employer to ensure temporary workers are provided a safe work environment.

    "An employer's commitment to the safety of temporary workers should not mirror these workers' temporary status," said Dr. Michaels. "Whether temporary or permanent, all workers always have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. Staffing agencies and the host employers are joint employers of temporary workers and both are responsible for providing and maintaining safe working conditions. Our new Recommended Practices publication highlights this joint responsibility."

    Temporary workers are at increased risk of work-related injury and illness. OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative, launched last year, includes outreach, training and enforcement to assure that temporary workers are protected in their workplaces. In recent months, OSHA has received and investigated many reports of temporary workers suffering serious or fatal injuries, some in their first days on the job. The Recommended Practices publication focuses on ensuring that temporary workers receive the same training and protection that existing workers receive.

    "Workers sent by a staffing agency to a worksite deserve the same level of protection from workplace hazards as the host employer's workers do," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. "Recognizing that temporary workers are often new to the workplace to which they are sent, we believe these recommended practices will provide a strong foundation for host employers and staffing agencies to work together to provide a comprehensive program that protects the safety and health of all workers."

    The new guidance recommends that staff agency/host employer contracts clearly define the temporary worker's tasks and the safety and health responsibilities of each employer. Staffing agencies should maintain contact with temporary workers to verify that the host has fulfilled its responsibilities for a safe workplace.

    Make sure to check out the recommended practices publication for temporary workers and these additional resources on temporary workers.

    Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

    As an employer this includes temp agencies. Make sure you provide the safety orientation relevant to your industry. The news release you’ve just read is good news for all of us as it will continue to pay dividends not only in dollar savings but also in the prevention of needless injury, and the continued growth of a safety culture. So from this blogger “Make it a Safe Day!

    Interested in a complete learning management system for the safety of your employees? Sign up for a walkthrough of our LMS and we’ll show you how your employees can get the best learner experience at a price you can afford!

  • Hiring Summer Help? Give Them a Good Start

    The old saying “It doesn’t matter how you start, it’s how you finish that counts”. Well in life summer helpterms that is probably true. The other side of this conversation however is, “It does matter how you start”. This is the season for short term employees, specifically “Summer Help” it’s almost a tradition. It gives students a chance to make some money to help fund their education, or that car they need to get back and forth from home to school. It also reminds them of the reasons they are in school, so that by Labor Day they go back to school with a renewed sense of purpose. At the same time we also want to send them back with all of their fingers, toes, eyes, hands and feet. So it’s imperative that when they are hired we start them off with the proper safety orientation.

    As a student, in a different lifetime, I worked in a variety of jobs, which added to my life experience. I was a custodial worker, grounds keeper, grocery clerk and manager, hamburger flipper, and painter. As a custodial worker I learned the fine art of stripping sealing and waxing floors, moving and stacking chairs and desks @$1.10 per hour. To be honest learning how to use a floor machine, or swing machine as some call it, was a bit of a challenge. I didn’t have much guidance and it’s not as easy as it looks especially on a slippery floor. A broken chair and a chewed up electrical cord later I was good to go. Yes of course I learned how to clean bathrooms as well and the chemicals that went with it. Not much hazcom, or “Right to know” training there either. I took some of these skills with me when I worked in the grocery store. There were some new hazards I quickly understood for example, the proper use of a box cutter. Today I tell my own children, that, if worse comes to worse, they can identify me by the scar on my left index finger planted there by the errant use of a box cutter. My point in all of this in moving forward, is that today there are several opportunities including construction, or manufacturing, for young adults to not only add to their resume and life skills, but for employers to give them the necessary tools to learn how to manage their work safely with proper training, and to take that lesson with them wherever they go as well.

    Employers do have a responsibility according the OSHA’s general duty clause (Pub. Law 91-596 Section5(a)(1)) to provide their employees with a safe place to work as free from recognized hazards as is reasonable, and prudent. Employers must point out the hazards and train in how to recognize and avoid them during the course of the workday. This will also include the use proper PPE as well. The general duty clause covers hazardous conditions or practices not covered by an OSHA standard. There is so much more information available today than there ever was before, so give your summer help the training, and confidence they need to do the work safely and properly so you can send them back to school better than they came to you. Safety Orientation is good for everybody.

  • Safetyinstruction.com New Year Revolutions

    Well ok maybe it is a typo. Perhaps it was meant to be. Really it seems that New Year Resolutions aren’t remembered after the first donut, or first run around the block wheezing and coughing. Revolutions, however, do attract some attention in the history books, and most are worth remembering. If you analyze what a revolution is and what it takes then you’re on the right track. My own definition would have it as pushing back on an idea that has run its course or never worked in the first place. It takes courage, and help to get it started. Note that I said it takes “Help” to get it started. Like our early revolutionaries, Paul Revere didn’t whisper “oh nuts the British are coming”. He raced through the streets shouting it out, which called to action and arms those who were part of the plan. The rest as we know is history. So here are Safetyinstruction.com New Year Revolutions:

    A.)We are going to manage our almost newly rebuilt website www.safetyinstruction.com to ensure a better on line experience for all of our current and future users. We’ll do this by offering more up to date information, including expanded “On Line training”, “On Site services & Consulting”, Safety equipment and supplies.

    B.)We will also aggressively pursue more useful information in laymen’s terms which can be passed along in our E-mail newsletter, and this Blog.

    C.)We are also going to offer, Regional off site training seminars for “Train the Trainer” and OSHA 10 and 30 hour certificates.

    Please recognize that anything you do to improve yourself, also affects those around you, including your family. Garner support from those who you can trust to help and support you. Challenge yourself and others to take time in the next couple of weeks to decide what your New Year Revolutions might be. Pick out a safety topic or idea. Document your thoughts. My memory isn’t the best so in an effort to improve my memory I bought a book on the subject. So what’s the first thing the book suggested? “Write it down”. Set a deadline for these revolutions to further validate them. Now put them where you can see them, even if it’s on the refrigerator door.

    At his time the staff at Safetyinstruction.com, want to thank you for a wonderful 2013, and wish you and yours a safe and prosperous New Year. We are pleased to make you a part of Safetyinstruction.com New Year Revolutions.

  • "Overall Company Safety Plan" The Final Analysis

    This year has slipped by pretty quickly. I’m sure that in the final analysis we’ve all had some wins and some losses. I pray that you’ve had more in the wins column. This is the time of the year of course that you’ll want to make sure that your OSHA record keeping plan is up to date and compliant for the mandated OSHA standard 29CFR 1904. Additionally your OSHA Form 300a for 2013 is due for posting from February 1st to the end of April for all to see, like bearing the soul of the company. So if you are the person charged with this task it’s also a good time of the year to review your overall company safety plan.

    Your “Overall Company safety Plan” is a very important document. Not just for OSHA requirements, but it provides a road map for your company’s safety environment. If you haven’t already done so, then you should really familiarize yourself with “Process Safety”, or “Job Safety Analysis”. This is also a good time of the year to update your “Employee safety Handbook”. There are so many topics to consider when reviewing your “Overall Company Safety Plan” Have you considered “Emergency & Disaster Preparedness”, Crisis Management”, Defensive Driving”, “Personal Protective Equipment” including the use of safety footwear? Something not necessarily related to safety but should be recognized as a very important part of team building is “Preventing Discrimination In The Workplace” There are just so many topics to consider, if you don’t have a safety committee, perhaps you should take a look at creating one. This will enable you to get additional help in identifying hazards, and also sharing in the responsibility of creating a safe working environment, and identifying other potential topics.

    “Last One Out” No, don’t turn the lights out, but turn the lights on. Familiarize yourself with the many on line courses, safety videos, editable power point presentations, and written plans, available. They are all designed to give you, your employees and families a safer environment both at work, in the office and at home. In closing we would like to wish all of you a very Blessed Christmas and safe New Year. This will be made easier if you have an “Overall Company Safety Plan”.

  • Bill Offers Incentives to Employer for Implementing Safety Programs

    What’s a better way to encourage employers to ensure the safety of their workers than to compensate them for doing so? In Wyoming, one of the most dangerous states to to work in, a bill was passed, offering employers a financial incentive when they implement workplace safety programs. Check out the full details in “Bill Encourages Workplace Safety” by Trevor Brown of Wyoming News.

  • Marines Back in the Saddle Safety Training

    Whether they are in the battlefield facing enemies with guns or not, marines still face a dangerous environment. This is why their ‘Back in the Saddle’ training focuses on personal safety. It may have looked weird and unlikely to have Bo Irvine, a comedian from Hawaii, talk about safety, but then again his being a comedian just made the training a lot more fun and interesting. Here’s the news piece by Sgt. Brandon Saunders.

  • How to Make Safety Training Interesting

    If a business meeting isn’t about wage increase, incentive programs, or how one can increase his basic pay rate, a minutes feels like an hour. If your employees keep drooling in their sleep while you discuss about safety policies, you badly need to spice up the training.

    When it comes to safety, it is very important to get the message across. Your employees may not realize it yet, but safety measures can greatly affect the company’s bottom line. There are only two things to focus on: content and presentation.

    Here are the two questions that will determine whether or not your content is worth the attention of your audience:

    - Is it relevant? You don’t discuss equipment safety if you’re running a professional office, say a customer support company. Instead, you focus on workplace ergonomics, such as proper sitting.

    - Is it up to date? Not only are you losing the interest of your employees to hear all about the training, but you’re also running the risk of putting them into danger. Safety programs are evolving, yours should be as well.

    With regards to presentation, there’s one thing you should keep in mind: interaction. And the best way to maintain the enthusiasm of employees to interact is through games.

    To get more ideas, read on this article.

  • Nine Ways to Make Safety Training Fun

    Workplace safety is one of those business talks that kill the interest of employees. But, there’s a way to kill the boredom once and for all. Employ these nine ideas to make safety training fun! In this post, the author (Jay Acker) emphasizes that making the training lively does not only captivate the attention of workers, but it will also make them remember the policies and guidelines to stay safe while working.

  • A Workplace Safety Program in Ohio is Free!

    Mark your calendars, folks! March 19 will change your thoughts on workplace safety. You think it isn’t important? Think again. A working man will share a real-life experience on a near-death accident. Learning how to be safe is definitely not a waste of time. No worries on your wallet because the special program (organized by the West Central Ohio Safety Council) is free. For more details, read on “Biz Beat: Safety Council Brings Special Program on Workplace Safety” by Heather Rutz.

  • Montana Company to Pay About $75,000 for Safety Hazards

    Some employers shrug off the importance of workplace safety, thinking that it would be too costly to implement safety and health programs. This is where their mistake lies. In truth, they may be paying penalties that amount to more than the cost of safety efforts. Just this month, a certain Montana manufacturing company has been fined $75,600 as a penalty for committing a dozen of serious violations. Read the news at ClaimsJournal.com.

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