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Workplace Safety: Rules and Responsibilities When Working With Temporary Workers


Gain an understanding of OSHA/MSHA temporary worker and independent contractor protection and enforcement programs.

The U.S. Department of Labor's definition of independent contractor has been in a state of flux between the Obama/Trump/Biden administrations and this can create confusion about classification of workers and the responsibilities that the host employer has under the Occupational Safety & Health Act, the Mine Safety & Health Act, and implementing policies. Both agencies also provide for situations where an employer can be dually cited along with staffing agencies or contractors, with penalties of up to $136,532 (OSHA) or $274,175 (MSHA) per violation. Injuries impacting third-party workers - temps, independent contractors, and day laborers - can also trigger tort liability against the host employer or general contractor in the millions of dollars. This topic will provide the most current guidance from OSHA/MSHA on their temporary worker and independent contractor protection and enforcement programs and offer tips on how to protect everyone at the worksite, manage compliance, and mitigate liability.



Adele L. Abrams, Esq., ASP, CMSP

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., ASP, CMSP

Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

  • President, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.
  • Represents employers in OSHA and MSHA matters nationwide
  • National speaker on occupational safety and employment law issues
  • Co-author of multiple textbooks on OHS, including several published by ASSP
  • Regular columnist for multiple publications on OHS and employment law issues
  • Memberships include: NSC, ASSP, ABA, and Adele is CEO of Chesapeake Region Safety Council and recipient of the National Safety Council’s DSSA Award
  • J.D. degree, George Washington University; B.S. degree, University of Maryland College Park
  • Can be contacted at [email protected], 301-613-7498, or

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