Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences staff Dede Montgomery and Illa Gilbert-Jones along with Mark Frisco, Regional Field Safety Specialist for True Blue, Inc one of the largest staffing agencies, presented at the ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter November meeting.
The presentation was a follow-up to our Spring symposium, “Temporary and Contingent Worker Safety and Health: Best Practices, Challenges and Solutions,” held on May 28, 2015. The ASSE presentation included emerging concepts such as worker well-being, total worker health, and duty-of-care. Key points in the presentation were:
- Part-time, temporary and contract work is increasing which affects benefits and safety planning. A topic discussed widely nationally including those at OSHA and DOL.
- The rise in the number of fatalities among this group and FACE data analysis on characteristics and causes of these worker fatalities.
- Staffing agencies and host employers should jointly develop and agree to responsibilities for ensuring the safety of workers.
The presentation finished with a lively discussion among attendees on the role of the safety professional. If you want to access the recorded Spring symposium webinar click here.
OccHealthSci Topic: Temporary Workers