Moving ahead to protect temporary workers

Thanks to everyone who joined us at last week’s symposium – sharing both challenges and best practices to protect our temporary workforce. We were particularly pleased to have such meaningful discussions between a mix of professions; the staffing industry, safety and health professionals, regulators, insurers and the academic community.

Here at the institute we select symposia topics that are emerging – often issues that don’t have simple fixes or interventions. We are hopeful that with the lead of several of last week’s symposium attendees, we can work to move ahead toward consistent, thoughtful solutions to enhance a race to the top for safety and health protections for this workforce.

We have posted the recorded webinars and handouts from last week’s event on our symposium webpage. Also posted are Tips and Ideas shared by attendees, along with other resources towards the bottom of the webpage. Please share the link and keep us posted on what you are doing to move the needle in a positive direction.

It was clear to those of us attending the American Industrial Hygiene Continuing Education Conference this week in Salt Lake City, that this topic is a priority at a national level.  Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA and David Weil, Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division gave a compelling presentation on Health and Safety Implications of the Fissured Workplace: A Conversation, which was so cleverly depicted by graphic artist Alece Birnbach (@visualrecorder).

Graphic representation by Alece Birnbach of Graphic Recording Studio at AHce2015.