Program Aims to Reduce Temporary and Contract Worker Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
Virginia Beach, VA—Reliance Staffing & Recruiting has earned the Safety Standard of Excellence® mark – a first for a locally owned staffing firm from Hampton Roads. The program, developed by the American Staffing Association and the National Safety Council, promotes industry-wide safety best practices.
By participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program, staffing companies, their placed workers, and host employers can build a mutually beneficial relationship to help identify and mitigate workplace hazards and exposures, ensure clear communication between the staffing firms and host employers, and clearly delineate the safety responsibilities of each party.
Participants are evaluated through onsite visits and assessments by program consultants, they also access resources to review best practices for continuous improvement.
Promoting and ensuring temporary and contract employee safety and well-being is the responsibility of every staffing company. In 2013, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched the temporary worker initiative focused on compliance with safety and health requirements when temporary and contract workers are employed under the joint or dual employment of a staffing firm and a host employer. The initiative asserts both host employers and staffing firms have roles in complying with workplace health and safety requirements and they share responsibility for ensuring worker safety.
“One injury is too many and at Reliance, the work environments where temporary employees are placed is taken very seriously. We pride ourselves that everyone involved with the company—internal staff, associates, and clients—all look out for each other’s safety, health, and well-being,” said Thomas Sarach, Jr., president and owner of Reliance Staffing & Recruiting. “Through associate orientation and safety training, we aim to increase safety awareness and reduce health risks. Being recognized with the Safety Standard of Excellence mark by the ASA and the NSC validates our strong commitment to our associates and clients.”
“ASA congratulates Reliance Staffing & Recruiting for its commitment to protecting and enhancing temporary worker safety, and for being among the first to earn the Safety Standard of Excellence mark,” said Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq., ASA general counsel. “Reliance has tangibly demonstrated to clients, candidates, and employees its commitment to safety best practices.”
“Companies participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program are to be commended for taking steps to put their companies’ practices under the microscope and seeking to be the best they can be for their temporary workers,” said Amy Harper, Ph.D., NSC director of workplace initiatives and Journey to Safety Excellence. “The commitment to safety demonstrated through Safety Standard of Excellence program participation should speak volumes to the clients with whom these staffing firms do business.”
To learn more about the Safety Standard of Excellence program, visit americanstaffing.net.
For more information about Reliance Staffing & Recruiting, visit reliancestaffing.com.
About Reliance Staffing & Recruiting
Reliance Staffing & Recruiting is a locally owned and operated employment firm that has been serving the southeastern Virginia business community since 1982. With offices in Newport News, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and opening in Chesterfield in 2018, the firm employs more than 900 temporary associates on a daily basis. Reliance serves clients across the employment spectrum with candidates ranging from entry level to C-suite. Visit reliancestaffing.com.
About the American Staffing Association
The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. Visit americanstaffing.net.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials, and the public in areas where it can make the most impact—distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses, and safe communities. Safety+Health magazine, the council’s flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information.
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