Safety & Health Factsheet
Cal/OSHA Consultation Services Branch Division of Occupational Safety and Health
Temporary agency employees work for a “host employer” but are on the payroll of a “primary employer.”
A primary employer can be either:
1. A temporary (temp) agency that hires workers and sends them to work for a host employer, or
2. A professional employer organization (PEO) that puts a host employer’s employees on the PEO’s payroll as its own employees.
In these dual-employer situations, both the primary employer and the host employer must protect employees from safety and health hazards and comply with Cal/OSHA regulations
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