Maintaining Workplace Safety as a Staffing Agency
One of the most critical aspects of running a Staffing Agency is ensuring that your employees are treated well and prepared to do their assignment in a safe, efficient manner. This can be a difficult thing to manage from the staffing end as our employees don’t actually work in an environment under our control. According to OSHA, it is both the responsibility of the staffing firm and their client to ensure the safety of the work place for all workers, temporary employees included.
One of the best ways to do this is to tour the facilities of your clients and learn their rules, procedures, and work culture. Both sides should be happy to share information and get a better understanding of one another, and what better way than to send a representative to observe and report on the work environment. By being there in person, it’s possible to get the lay of the land so to speak, to see how that company actually operates and you can best prepare your employees for success.
Additionally, touring a client’s facilities will give you more opportunities to network with other members of the client’s workforce and to perhaps get a better understanding of their needs. You can meet supervisors and talk to them about what specific qualities they’re looking for, connect with HR to see what is important on their end, and see the quality of regular floor employees and how they compare to the workers that you’re sending over.
Remember that both the client and the staffing agency share responsibility for the safety of their employees in the workplace. It is extremely important that both clients and employees understand this so that whenever an accident does occur both of them are able to properly communicate with the staffing company in order to document clearly what happened. Being able to document what happened and act quickly is extremely important for everyone involved.
Furthermore when something does happen it is important to keep up with the affected employee to ensure that they are recovering at a healthy pace and that any medical process they may be undergoing is proceeding smoothly. Many employees would like nothing more than to get back to work as soon as possible, but returning to an assignment before they are fully healed is an extremely bad idea- they could end up hurting themselves again and setting back all of the progress that they’ve made in recovery. Always make sure to have proper medical documentation from the correct medical professionals before returning an employee to work.
Workplace accidents happen, but being knowledgeable about the environment can help you prepare for or prevent them, and knowing what do once something does happen makes bad situations easier to deal with for everyone.