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In an recent letter of interpretation, OSHA attempts to clarify the division of responsibility to train temporary employees between the Temporary staffing agency (TSA) and the primary employer who utilizes the agency for placement of workers.  With regard to training, OSHA states the it is the general responsibility of the TSA to ensure that employees have received proper training, and it is the  primary employers responsibility to provide "workplace-specific" training appropriate to the employees’ particular tasks.  In short, the TSA must have "a reasonable basis for believing that the host employer’s training adequately addresses potential hazards employees may be exposed to at the host worksite".  While this letter of interpretation does not give detailed information, it does provide some guidance and a warning to TSA’s that they do maintain some responsibility for general training of employees that are placed with their clients.

Link to letter of interpretation.