Happy and healthy workers tend to be more productive, and those traits tend to be found in safe, pleasant work environments. That’s why the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) offers a variety of occupational safety and health programs to protect workers across the Commonwealth.
Occupational Safety and Health Programs
The Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS), a division of EOWLD, offers several programs and services to help keep both employees and employers safe and healthy:
- The Massachusetts Workplace Safety and Health Program (WSHP) aims to eliminate preventable job-related injuries and illnesses by ensuring that standards are being followed in the workplace through investigation, assessment, education, technical assistance, outreach, and targeted enforcement.
- The On-Site Consultation Program helps employers recognize and control potential safety and health hazards in their workplaces through on-site assessments.
- The Asbestos Program regulates asbestos exposure in the workplace through site visits, analytical services, and technical information for employers.
- The Lead Program reduces lead exposure for Massachusetts workers by enforcing standards for renovation, repair, and painting in older homes that may contain lead paint as well as other deleading operations.
- The Mine Safety and Health Program teaches employers about safety and health standards required for all surface metal and non-metal mines.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Program supports continued improvement of workplace environments by creating strategies based on their collected data.
Workplace Safety and Health Training
The DLS offers workplace safety and health training on topics such as occupational health hazards, chemical storage, respiratory protection, and indoor air quality for public and private employers, groups and organizations.
Safety and Health Inspections
Additionally, DLS conducts safety and health inspections of public employee work sites to analyze high-hazard activities and work-related accidents.
Individuals can also take responsibility for creating safe and healthy work environments by understanding and adhering to Massachusetts Workplace Safety & Health Statues.
We all spend a great deal of time on the job, that’s why it’s important to promote safety and health in the workplace. By learning about the programs offered in Massachusetts, we can all enjoy being well at work!
If you have any questions about the programs and services feel free comment below or tweet us, @MassGov.
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