Taking Action for Safety and Health: Training for Staffing Agencies & Employers that use Temporary Workers


Complimentary training offered in partnership with the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program

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Of the 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, 856 – or 16.5 percent – involved “contracted” employees, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This free half-day training is designed for staffing agencies and host employers in Washington State. Learn to develop and implement an effective Accident Prevention Program (APP) as it relates to dual employer situations. This training is offered in partnership with the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program.

  • Why are temporary workers at an increased risk of work related injuries?
  • What are your responsibilities under OSHA regulations?
  • Does the host company or staffing agency enter the injury on the OSHA 300 log?

A subject matter expert will address these questions and offer strategic solutions to these issues. A DOSH representative from the Department of Labor & Industries will describe the expectations for staffing agencies and host employers with regard to protecting temporary workers. Examples of best practices for meeting DOSH requirements and preventing injuries and illnesses in dual employer situations will be discussed.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Meeting OSHA requirements and expectations for an effective accident prevention plan?
  • Records you need to keep if an employee is injured and which records the host employer must keep
  • Strategies for communicating with host employers about health and safety issues and responsibilities

Representatives of the Washington Network of the American Staffing Association will also be available to answer questions about resources in Washington state. Attendees will receive factsheets and tools to help implement an accident prevention plan, resources for technical assistance, and a certificate of completion.

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Upcoming Training Dates

January 30, 2020, The Sheet Metal Institute, Portland, OR 

February 6, 2020, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

March 6, 2020, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Registration for this half-day training is complimentary. You must pre-register in order to attend this training.

Complete the online registration form here (please indicate the training date you will be attending): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsJbRQlyS-lsFF8A40vsO2fo35m1T1...

For more information about registration and training content, please contact Rosa Martinez at the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program, rmm@berkeley.edu or 510-643-8902 


Training Instructors


January 30, 2020 

Rhett Carpenter, CHST  

Rhett Carpenter is a graduate of Central Washington University with a degree in Occupational Safety & Health Management, and a minor in Risk and Environmental Management. Throughout his career, he has gained extensive experience in both construction and general industries. He currently holds the credentials as a Construction Health & Safety Technician (CHST), and provides safety, health and environmental services to many contractors and businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest, West Coast & beyond.

Rhett co-owns ‘Safety, Health & Environmental Services LLC’, with his wife Tessa, and is an instructor for the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center at the University of Washington. He is also an instructor for many associations and organizations throughout the Greater Puget Sound Region. Rhett is an authorized instructor through the Department of Ecology and regularly provides the Certified Erosion & Sediment Control training and consultation services, on a variety of levels, to many organizations.

Tessa Carpenter, CHST

Tessa Carpenter is a graduate of Columbia Southern University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Safety & Health Management. Tessa worked as a full time Safety Advisor for the Associated General Contractors of Washington, while pursuing her degree. She is now an owner, trainer, and consultant at Safety, Health & Environmental Services LLC. Tessa has experience in construction and general industry, and is very active in the Greater Puget Sound safety community. She served as the past Chair of Construction Safety Day and the WA Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference, and is a current committee member for both events. 




February 6, 2020

Mary Miller, RN, MN

Mary MIller is a consultant and Occupational Health Nurse. She received a Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Washington's Family Nurse Practitioner Program, and specialized in Occupational & Environmental Health. Initially she worked at the University of Washington’s Occupational Medicine Program from 1987-1991 and was involved in both clinical and research activities. From 1991-2014, she was employed at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) in wide variety activities including outreach and education, health and safety policy development, consultation and enforcement, and numerous research activities. In her many years at L&I, she was responsible for developing and delivering health and safety training in a wide range of industries and to diverse groups responsible for worker health and safety.



March 6, 2020

Kate Durand, MS, CIH, CSP 

Kate Durand has over twenty years of experience practicing, teaching, and doing research in the areas of Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Response in a variety of settings including academic, government, non-profit, and private sector settings. Before joining the CE Program at UW DEOHS as a Continuing Education and Outreach Manager, she was the Director of Workplace Safety and Emergency Management at a large skilled nursing and rehab facility owned and operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Kate has a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional. Specific areas of expertise include respiratory protection, aerosol transmissible diseases, workplace violence in healthcare, hazardous drug exposure control, asbestos and lead in construction, environmental lead exposure, Lean Management, and the Incident Command System.

Joyce Matson, CSP

Joyce Matson is the Director of Human Resources for All Starz Staffing, where she manages human resources, safety, and marketing. Joyce served as the first chair of the American Staffing Association Washington State Council and previously served as president and association director for the Lake Washington Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Joyce is a national leader on safety and serves on the board of the national ASA Health and Safety Committee, the ASA OSHA Temporary Worker Alliance, and the ASA NIOSH Safety Committee.

Joyce has a passion for advancing workplace safety and is committed to educating the staffing industry and their clients on safety standards, offering straight advice on temporary worker safety best practices, and working with the state and national organizations on forward-thinking safety initiatives and training.


This training program and related materials were produced under grant #SH-05057-SH8 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. 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.

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