From OSHA's perspective, who is responsible for safety training? Is it the staffing agency or the host employer?
1. In most cases, the host employer is responsible for site-specific training. This is because the host employer is often in the best position to provide such training. However, the staffing agency is responsible for generic safety and health training.
2. The staffing agency has the duty to inquire and verify that the host has fulfilled its responsibility to provide a safe workplace. If the staffing agency has reason to believe the site-specific training is not adequate, it should inform the host employer and collaborate.
Staffing firms should document the hazards present at their facilities and monitor any changes over time. Ignorance of hazards is never an excuse.