By Brent I. Clark and Meagan Newman

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 2.5 million temporary workers were on U.S. payrolls last month.  This figure does not include farm workers.  While employers see advantages to using temp workers they must also be cognizant of the potential liability for workplace safety and health of those workers.

With very few exceptions, employers will be held responsible for violations of OSHA standards and recognized hazards to which temp employees are exposed.  Also, in most cases host or client employers must also include the recordable injuries and illnesses of temporary workers on their OSHA 300 logs as well as complete the 301 incident reports.

Failure to do so can result in significant penalties.  Earlier this year an employer in Pennsylvania was ordered to pay over $200,000 in penalties for failure to include temp worker injuries on its log.