Temporary & Seasonal Employees

Many departments and groups regularly or occasionally employ temporary staff. This may include seasonal employees hired to accomplish specific tasks at certain times of the year, paid internships, or individuals hired to fill in for regular employees on leave.

In many cases, temporary employees require safety training or information from the department and/or Environmental Health and Safety. The following guidelines should help managers determine the level of training or information needed:

All employees should recieve information about emergencies. The hiring department or group should ensure that all temporary employees know what to do in the event of an emergency, including evacuation procedures and information from the Department or Building Emergency Action Plan and the emergency numbers (911 from a campus phone and 609-258-3333 from a cellphone).

Temporary employees who will be conducting maintenance or janitorial work should receive training commensurate with their responsibilities, including:

  • Hazard Communication Training for those working with hazardous chemicals
  • Asbestos Awareness for those conducting work that could disturb materials of construction that might contain asbestos
  • Noise and Hearing Conservation Training for those working in high noise environments or with high noise equipment.

For seasonal staff, EHS offers Seasonal Employee Safety Training, which includes all of the topics listed above, as well as other relevant information.
Staff who will be working at the University for a very short period of time, such that formal training is not feasible, should be provided the "What You Should Know About Safety at Princeton University" brochure to read and sign. Signed forms should be returned to Environmental Health & Safety at 262 Alexander Street.

For more information or assistance, contact EHS at 258-5294.

Prohibited Activities

There are some activities related to specific programs which are prohibited by federal law or University policy. Temporary employees are prohibited from:

  • Using fire extinguishers
  • Entering into a confined space
  • Working on or near exposed electrical circuits
  • Operating a forklift
  • Applying or removing lockout/tagout devices
  • Performing work that requires fall protection

If further clarification is needed on any of the prohibited activities, see your supervisor or contact EHS.