Workplace Safety for Temporary Workers

Training in English and Spanish for Temporary Workers in Manufacturing or Materials Handling Jobs

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During 2015-2016, the costs of this training will be underwritten by OSHA for eligible employers in the Chicagoland area.

The northern Illinois region has one of the highest concentrations of temporary workers in the United States. Many temp workers, though, are not provided with the same safety training that is offered to permanent employees. As a result, host employers and staffing agencies can be found in violation of federal safety standards by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

To help businesses comply with federal regulations, Waubonsee has developed a four-hour course in Basic Safety Training for Temporary Workers and a three-hour Training for Host Employers and Staffing Agencies. This training can occur at the worksite or at one of Waubonsee’s four campus locations.

This no-cost training includes:

  • highly-qualified and credentialed workplace safety trainers
  • seven hours of OSHA-approved training for temp workers and their employers
  • English and Spanish training, resources and materials
  • completion certificates, training summary and recognition
  • onsite safety consultations
  • information about OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative

Eligibility requires:

  • employers in general industry, such as manufacturing or materials handling, with ten or more temporary workers
  • staffing agencies that place employees in worksites that require hazard recognition and training (such as dust, chemicals, powered industrial trucks, ladders, and machinery)
  • temp workers’ participation in one four-hour or two, two-hour sessions; host employers and their staffing agencies’ participation in one three-hour session

For more information, call (630) 906-4152 or email

Disclaimer: This material was produced under grant number SH-27685-15-60-F-17 from OSHA. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. The WCC Harwood Training Project is wholly funded by a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

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