“Whether temporary or permanent, all workers have a right to a safe and healthy workplace.”
This quote, attributable to OSHA’s Temporary Workers Initiative Recommended Practices, falls in line with Associated Staffing’s mission to ensure a safe workplace for all of our associates.
“We have been committed to safety for 20 years and will continue,” said Heidi Isley, Director of Operations. “Our success is a result of our clients’ success, and as we share in the success we also share in the responsibility of the associates that we provide.”
ASSOCIATED STAFFING’S SAFETY COMMITTEE
Associated Staffing has recently formed a Safety Committee to identify safety concerns and suggest corrective measures to safeguard or eliminate those safety hazards. The committee – comprised of members from all areas of the company – also assists the leadership team in reviewing and updating workplace safety rules based on any accident or inspection findings. The committee meets quarterly or more as needed.
Below is a snapshot of how Associated Staffing ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our employees.
Workplace Safety Evaluations
When starting work with a new business, Associated Staffing performs a Work Site Evaluation to identify any potential safety concerns. The safety evaluation includes such concerns such as housekeeping, material handling, machine operations and even opportunities for improved ergonomics.
“It is imperative for our team to tour each of our clients’ facilities to ensure a safe environment by performing a worksite evaluation,” Isley said. “When we are qualifying candidates for positions, we thoroughly explain the details and expectations of each position, as well as the safety requirements and personal protective equipment.”
If a concern is identified during a Work Site Evaluation, we discuss the concern with the management or safety team on site. According to Travis Mittan, Business Risk Manager, we rely on the clients’ expertise in resolving the specific concern, however, if the concern is not resolved, we take further action to protect our employees on site.
Annual safety audits ensure our company is doing everything possible to protect our employees. We have held a Workers Compensation Risk Certification since 2013, a certification specific to staffing agencies focusing on the critical area of safety with our client relationships.
All new employees of Associated Staffing complete a full orientation before starting work. The orientation includes a safety video and test, review of general safety rules, personal protective equipment and workers’ compensation procedures. Employees also receive a more extensive, site-specific safety training at the work site if necessary.
“Employee safety is a top priority for us, so we work with our client companies to ensure that our employees receive the same safety trainings and personal protective equipment as their permanent employees,” Mittan said.
Communication with Associates
Our employees are encouraged to report safety concerns or hazards to their on-site supervisor and our team. Recruiters and branch managers continuously check in with associates during an assignment to address any concerns. If a safety concern has been identified by an associate, a Communication Form is completed, detailing when the incident occurred, the location and details describing the situation. This information allows us to begin our investigation of the safety concern with the client. Once we discuss the concern with the client, we notify the employee of the resolution and perform periodic site evaluations.
Reporting Workplace Injuries
How an associate reports a workplace injury varies depending on the severity of the injury. Because the health of the injured employee is our highest concern, we have the employee describe and document the details around how the injury occurred when they are able. That information is then shared with our insurance carrier for investigation and claims management. We then work to get the employee back to work as soon as possible – with restrictions if necessary – while ensuring that they continue to receive the medical care they need, according to Mittan.