A free lunch and learn Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute will show how employers can meet OSHA compliance responsibilities when hiring temporary workers.

Staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for temporary workers. Both must ensure that OSHA's training, hazard communication and record keeping requirements are fulfilled. OSHA could hold both the host and temporary employers responsible for violations including lack of adequate training regarding workplace hazards.

Cindy Lewis, associate safety professional, will speak on what organizations can do to ensure safety requirements for temporary workers are met. 

Director of the Gulf Coast Safety Institute, Lewis oversees the Centers of Excellence within the Institute and is an OSHA Challenge Program Administrator. Lewis has more than 20 years’ experience in safety, occupational health and industrial hygiene. She has published articles in Professional Safety by the American Society of Safety Engineers and has presented at numerous conferences.

Lunch is included for those who RSVP by Sept. 12 to Sophia Delfin at gcsi@com.edu or at 409-933-8166. The OSHA and the Temporary Worker session will be in Room 112 of the Gulf Coast Safety Institute, 320 Delany Rd. in La Marque.

Established in 2007, the institute focuses on providing safety and health education, training and outreach. For more information on the institute, contact Lewis at 409-933-8495 or clewis1@com.edu or visit www.com.edu/gcsi.