How Temporary and Contract Workers Affect Your Safety Program

Employers can enjoy many benefits from hiring temporary workers, contractors and on-call workers — a group that is collectively known as “non-permanent” workers. The flexibility that allows them to quickly respond to changing workloads is a key driver, as is the ability to bring in specialized help and expertise on an as-needed basis for tasks such as confined-space work.

The arrangement offers benefits for workers, too; many who work on a contract or contingent basis have chosen to do so and prefer to work this way.

Unfortunately, organizations that have abused the system of temporary and contract labor have drawn scrutiny from regulatory and enforcement agencies, casting a shadow over the system’s benefits. Employers must be aware of new regulations that aim to ensure the health and safety of temporary and contract workers, such as OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative.

Along with compliance, employers must stay up to speed on other employment laws, such as, and health insurance, retirement benefits and unemployment and workers’ compensation.

They must be aware of factors proven to increase the incremental risk of temporary and contract workers, and ensure they are ready to address those factors.

A new Insight Report from Intelex and BLR takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the use of temporary and contract workers and presents valuable risk-management strategies for employers that utilize this form of labor. It presents relevant research findings that illustrate the associated challenges and offers advice on how to ensure preparedness and implement a policy that helps ensure value and reduce vulnerability.

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