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Health and Safety Executive (HSE): Agency temporary workers

For the purposes of health and safety law, the nature of the work and the contract arrangements does not change what the employer must do.  An employer has a duty to manage workplace risks and should treat workers on temporary contracts no differently to other workers. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance to help users and suppliers of agency/temporary workers and agency/temporary workers understand their health and safety responsibilities:

Agency/temporary workers can often be vulnerable to labour abuse and modern slavery, and HSE works closely with other enforcement agencies to tackle this issue. Enforcement activity has included environments such as food production, construction or hand car wash businesses. http://www.hse.gov.uk/vulnerable-workers/agency-temporary-workers.htm

There is also a guidance providing advice for HSE and Local Authority (LA) inspectors in multi-agency joint working and intelligence sharing in relation to illegal working and labour abuse:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/internalops/og/og-0087.pdf

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