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Protecting Temporary Agency Employees


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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