OSHA recently renewed its alliance with the American Staffing Association with the goal of advancing temporary worker safety.

During the five-year agreement, OSHA and ASA will continue to educate workers about their rights and train staffing firms and their clients on their responsibilities to protect workers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

The partners will work together to distribute information on how to recognize and prevent workplace hazards and further develop ways of communicating with staffing firms, host employers, and temporary workers.

Previous accomplishments include a webinar that discussed the safety and health obligations of host employers or clients using the services of staffing firms.

Additionally, ASA provided their members with webinars on several other topics, including the shared responsibility of host employers and staffing agencies to ensure workplace safety and how to handle workplace incident investigations.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.

Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits.