how to keep temporary industrial workers safe
Temporary industrial workers need to be informed on safety measures that permanent employees follow.

How to Maintain Safety for Temporary Industrial Workers

Using a staffing agency to find temporary light industrial workers can be a great way to quickly fill gaps in your workforce. Having enough employees ensures that you remain productive and on schedule. Temporary workers are prepared to enter your team and get to work right away. However, when hiring temporary industrial workers, you should always take care to provide them with the same safety precautions as your permanent employees. This means providing them with the necessary training and tools to remain safe while on the job. To make sure that your temporary industrial workers remain safe while on your watch, take the following actions.

Equal Training

Temporary industrial workers should receive the same training and protective equipment that permanent employees do. These workers should also attend all safety discussions. If employees are performing the same jobs as permanent employees, they should always receive the same training. 

Thorough Training

When preparing employees for light industrial work, you shouldn’t cut corners and speed up safety training. You should make sure to supervise site-specific training and make sure the training covers the following areas: 

  • Safe machine and equipment operating procedures
  • Location of emergency stops
  • Safety around hazardous substances
  • Site-specific emergency procedures

Training should also be documented with dates, descriptions of the training, and the trainer’s name. 

Supervise New Employees

If you received temporary industrial workers from a staffing agency, you could still be held responsible if the workers are injured at your worksite. Temp employees new to your job site need close supervision and feedback on their safety performance, as you would give to permanent employees. 

Additionally, the supervising employer should always record an injury to a temporary industrial worker with OSHA, regardless of whether the company or staffing agency handles workers’ compensation claims. 

By following these precautions, you can ensure that your temporary workers remain safe and productive during their time with you. 

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