OSHA says employers must protect temp workers from noise and respirator hazards
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January 1, 2019
OSHA has released twin bulletins requiring staffing agencies and host employers to share responsibility for protecting temporary workers from respiratory and noise hazards as part of its Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI).
The bulletins, released in June 2018, do not specifically single out healthcare facilities, but many do act as host employers or rely on temp agencies for guest physicians and nursing staff. Many healthcare facilities and laboratories have multiple hazardous chemicals as well as loud environments that could affect a worker’s health and well-being.
The bulletins are the latest of several released under the TWI since its launch in 2013. In 2015 and 2016, OSHA released similar bulletins requiring host employers to provide bloodborne pathogen protection, hazard communications, PPE, injury and illness recordkeeping, and safety and health training.
What exactly is a host employer, and why does it have responsibility under the new guidance?