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Mar 29, 2018
National Public Radio Special Series: The Rise of Contract Workers

https://www.npr.org/series/579833363/the-rise-of-the-contract-workers

This series produced by National Public Radio, addresses current issued related to contract workers, including safety, pay and other benefits.

Source: NPR

Jan 26, 2018
Freelanced: The Rise Of The Contract Workforce

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/22/578825135/rise-of-the-contract-workers-work-is-different-now?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180122

National Public Radio explores how workers across all industries and at all professional levels will be touched by the movement toward independent work — one without the constraints, or benefits, of full-time employment. Policymakers are just starting to talk about the implications.

Source: NPR

Dec 01, 2017
The gig economy and worker safety

http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/16291?utm_source=nov2nd%3Futm_medium%3Demail&utm_campaign=inThisIssue#.WgSQhplxBvY.twitter

This article, in National Safety Council's Safety + Health, addresses the uncertainties surrounding the growing employment trends and their impacts on safety at work.

Source: Safety+Heatlh

May 01, 2016
Adding Inequity to Injury: The costs of failing to protect workers on the job

https://www.dol.gov/osha/report/20150304-inequality.pdf

The failure of many employers to prevent millions of work injuries and illnesses each year, and the failure of the broken workers’ compensation system to ensure that workers do not bear the costs of their injuries and illnesses, are truly adding inequality to injury.

Source: DOL

Jan 01, 2016
E-Facts: Safe Maintenance: Working with contractors and subcontractors

https://osha.europa.eu/sites/default/files/publications/documents/en/publications/e-facts/e-fact-62-safe-maintenance-working-with-contractors-and-subcontractors/62_maintenance-working-with-contractors.pdf

Depending on the work environment and activity performed, maintenance workers are exposed to a variety of hazards and risk factors. Some of these risk factors affect the health of workers mainly in the long term, while others are the cause of work accidents.

Source: European Agency for Safety & Health at Work

Dec 01, 2015
OR-OSHA Program Directive: Inspection Criteria: Temporary Service Providers and Leasing Companies

http://osha.oregon.gov/OSHARules/pd/pd-246.pdf

The purpose of this directive is to provide guidance to Oregon OSHA staff when working with temporary service providers and worker leasing companies. (updated 12/17/15)

Source: Oregon OSHA

Jun 01, 2015
NIOSH Science Blog: Addressing the Hazards of Temporary Employment

http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2015/06/16/temp-workers/

This blog addresses findings and discussions related to temporary workers from a joint session of the NORA Manufacturing Sector and Services Sector Councils.

Source: NIOSH

Aug 01, 2014
OSHA/NIOSH: Recommended Practices - Protecting Temporary Workers

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3735.pd

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health today released Recommended Practices for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job.

Source: OSHA

Aug 01, 2014
OSHA: Protecting Temporary Workers

https://www.osha.gov/temp_workers/index.html

To ensure that there is a clear understanding of each employer's role in protecting employees, OSHA recommends that the temporary staffing agency and the host employer set out their respective responsibilities for compliance with applicable OSHA standards in their contract.

Source: OSHA

Mar 01, 2014
OSHA Temporary Worker Initiative - Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements

https://www.osha.gov/temp_workers/OSHA_TWI_Bulletin.pdf

This is the first in a series of guidance documents issued under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI), focusing on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary workers are employed

Source: OSHA