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  • 1.  OSHA inspection

    Posted 11-30-2020 15:07
    I have a health care staffing agency.  We staff nurses and aides in nursing homes.  We gain contracts but never go to the facilities- our staff goes but we in the office do not. In September , I got a call that one of our homes was having an OSHA inspection.  OSHA wanted my paperwork of inspections I performed in the nursing home we have a contract with.  Our contract clearly states that the facility will take on the reponsibility of all training, and items that have to do with the routine inspections that may occur.  We do have OSHA training initially and then yearly.  OSHA wants to inspect our office - we have 3 people working here- and see our OSHA logs.  I cannot get them to understand we do not have patients here and are not a nursing home.  
    My question is this:  am I missing something that I should be logging in this office for OSHA?  Is there something I should be checking in the nursing homes?   After almost 5 years of being in business I was thrown for a loop with this one.  Any one experience this sort of thing?  
    Thanks in advance !!

    Deborah Postlewaite
    OCal Solutions Staffing and Education
    Canton OH
    (330) 417-7533
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  • 2.  RE: OSHA inspection

    2020 Staffing World Presenter
    Posted 12-01-2020 09:17
    Hi Deborah,

    First off, I am not an expert in this area so someone else with more knowledge may be able to add more value....however I can tell you that according to the OSHA Temporary Worker Initiative the employer (the staffing agency) has JOINT responsibility with the host site (the client) to ensure employees are working in safe environments. You can read more here:

    Second, as a staffing industry veteran, I can report OSHA can fine staffing agencies. I personally have been part of incidents that resulted in fines. 

    I hope this was somewhat helpful,

    Rachel Modrak, CSP
    Staffing eTrainer

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  • 3.  RE: OSHA inspection

    2020 Staffing World Presenter
    Posted 12-01-2020 13:38
    Great questions, Yes you should always complete a Work Site Evaluation to show you know and understand the location your associates will be working and to confirm they are working in a safe work environment. Required by OSHA. (The General Duty Clause.) You also need to do follow up evaluation at least every 90 days to insure nothing has changed and your associates are working the assignment that were approved.
    The OSHA logs you are required to keep are the logs of your three staff  members working in your branch office. The supervising employer (the client) will log all associates injuries that occur at there location. 
    Hope this helps, give me a call if I can assist you in anyway. 385 715 5614

    Sharon Davis CSHO
    Occupational Safety Manager
    Elwood Staffing Services
    Salt Lake City UT
    (713) 203-0578

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  • 4.  RE: OSHA inspection

    Posted 12-02-2020 07:53
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    OSHA has a guidance for Temporary workers.  In the guidance it states that both the facility and the staffing agency are responsible for the training of the temporary employee.  It has states that the Staffing Agency is responsible for ensuring that the location you are placing employees at is treating your employees as their own with training and you are also responsible for ensuring that you are placing people in a safe environment.  I am the Safety Specialist for GPS.  I visit and tour our clients before we make a placement and then every six months after as long as we have employees at their location.  This is the link to the OSHA website for the Temporary Worker Initiative :  Also,  I have attached a copy of my inspection & question Audit for a Light Industrial medical laundry for your review.  As you can see when reviewing the document that I get a signature from the client.  I  found out that our employees needed a vaccine for the environment which we created additional forms for our employees.  If I can be of further help please contact me at 803-744-3308.  Have a Merry Christmas!

    Barbara Greene
    Director of Safety
    Gallman Personnel Services Inc.
    Columbia SC

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  • 5.  RE: OSHA inspection

    Posted 12-03-2020 22:03

    Hi Barbara,


    The inspection & question audit is quite thorough.  How far in advance do you conduct the pre-placement tour, and roughly how long and how much time does it take?


    The Temporary Worker Initiative is a great program when used, but I get the sense that Staffing Agencies are not making use of it. I wonder if the ASA has data on Agency usage. 



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