Program Aims to Reduce Temporary and Contract Employee Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
Reliance Staffing, a PeopleShare Company, recently renewed the Safety Standard of Excellence mark. The program, developed by the American Staffing Association and National Safety Council, promotes staffing industry-wide safety standards through a uniform national program.
By participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program, staffing agencies, their placed employees, and clients can build knowledge and a mutually beneficial relationship to identify and mitigate or even eliminate workplace hazards and exposures, ensure clear communication between the agencies and clients, and clearly delineate responsibilities of each party—all intended to reduce temporary and contract employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
Renewal of the mark involves the successful completion of an assessment process, conducted by NSC, to ensure the staffing agency is continually enhancing its safety program and utilizing industry best practices.
Beverley Baraniak, Risk Manager shared “Reliance Staffing takes the safety of its employees very seriously. We pride ourselves that everyone involved with the company-internal staff, associates and clients all look out for each other’s safety, health and wellbeing. We are thrilled to be associated with ASA and the National Safety Council (NSC) and to have renewed the Safety Standards of Excellence Mark. Reliance will continue to strive to promote the safety & health of all temporary employees and clients.”
Promoting and ensuring temporary and contract employee safety and well-being is the responsibility of every staffing agency. In 2013, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched the temporary worker initiative focused on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary and contract workers are employed under the joint or dual employment of a staffing agency and a host employer. The initiative asserts both host employers and staffing agencies have roles in complying with workplace health and safety requirements and they share responsibility for ensuring worker safety and health.
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