Staffing firms need healthy employees in order to facilitate the needs of their clients. Managers and employees benefit greatly from a workplace that has fewer hazards, which in turn reduces the number of worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. They also need staffing agency insurance to aid workers who fall victim to illness or injury. Promoting and ensuring employee safety and their well being is the responsibility of every staffing firm.
In return, they receive the benefits of improved worker satisfaction, higher productivity in the work force, as well as collaboration, recruitment, and retention, areas that will all increase dramatically when employers promote and ensure safer and healthier work environments.
Safety equals productivity
Staffing agencies often hire individuals based on their level of skill in a particular field. When they have quality, and qualified temp workers they can help their clients fulfill their needs. These employers often have hard deadlines to meet, so safety needs to be a priority because, just having one person missing from the equation means certain deadlines may not be met.
Each employer should consider the hazards that currently exist that it is in a position to prevent and/or correct, and is also in a position to comply with OSHA standards. For example, staffing agencies that provide general safety and health training will have a lower percentage of work place incidents, and host employers that provide specific training tailored to their particular workplace equipment/hazards will also reduce risk and injuries.
OSHA chimes in
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has concerns that some employers may use temporary workers as a way to avoid meeting all of their compliance obligations under the OSH Act and other worker protection laws. They also have concerns that temporary workers get placed in a variety of jobs, including some of the more hazardous jobs.
They go on to say that temporary workers are often not given adequate safety and health training or explanations of their duties by either the temporary staffing agency or the host employer. Therefore, it is essential that both employers comply with all relevant OSHA requirements.
This is best accomplished through the establishment, and implementation, of employee safety best practices. By fostering a workplace culture that increases employer and worker awareness of safety procedures, staffing firms further demonstrate their commitment to maintaining a high quality work environment, and staffing agency insurance is a key component in administering care to injured and ill workers.