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OSHA Launches Initiative to Protect Temporary Workers

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced an initiative to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. The announcement was made during a program at the department’s headquarters marking Workers’ Memorial Day – an annual observance to honor workers who have died on the job and renew a commitment to making work sites across the country safer.

OSHA today sent a memorandum to the agency’s regional administrators directing field inspectors to assess whether employers who use temporary workers are complying with their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Inspectors will use a newly created code in their information system to denote when temporary workers are exposed to safety and health violations. Additionally, they will assess whether temporary workers received required training in a language and vocabulary they could understand. The memo, which can be viewed at http://s.dol.gov/ZM, underscores the duty of employers to protect all workers from hazards.

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