The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week it has renewed its alliance with the American Staffing Association with the goal of protecting temporary employees from workplace hazards. The alliance was initially formed in May 2014.

During the five-year agreement, OSHA and ASA will continue to educate workers about their rights, and train staffing firms and their clients on their responsibilities to protect workers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. They will distribute information on how to recognize and prevent workplace hazards, and to further develop ways of communicating such to staffing firms, host employers and temporary workers.

“It is part of our mission to make sure that at the end of every work shift, all temporary workers in the United States are able to go home safely to their families,” said David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.

“Protecting and enhancing temporary worker safety and well-being is a top priority of ASA and its member companies,” said Stephen Dwyer, general counsel of the American Staffing Association. “ASA greatly values its alliance with OSHA, and looks forward to continuing to work together in support of this important goal for the staffing industry.”

OSHA also has alliances with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits.

ASA advances the interests of staffing and recruiting firms in a variety of ways.