December 2022 Occupational Health Watch
Protecting Temporary Workers this Holiday Season and Throughout the Year
During the holiday season more temporary and seasonal workers are hired to meet increased demand. With the frequent arrival of new hires, both host employers and staffing companies need to ensure these workers are fully trained, can recognize job hazards, and that they know all workers have the right to a safe and healthy workplace.
Temporary and seasonal workers may be at a higher risk for injury and illness than permanent workers as they may lack the workplace and task-specific training they need. It is important to train temporary and seasonal employees in a language they can understand on topics including:
- Hazard identification and control
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Approved tasks
- Cal/OSHA laws and regulations
- First Aid
- Emergency procedures
- Reporting safety and health incidents and concerns
- Safety and health program participation
- COVID-19 prevention
In addition to other workplace hazards, high rates of respiratory illnesses are being reported this season. It is important to take precautions like masking and getting vaccinated for the Influenza and COVID-19.
Email OHW@cdph.ca.gov with feedback about this update or change of address.