The Department of Labor (DOL) has appointed David R. Wallace, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards to serve on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships (ACA) chaired by DOL Secretary Thomas Perez to create job-driven career pathways and work-based learning opportunities for American workers. Wallace will join 24 others representing employers, labor unions and workers to help advance the President’s goals of the American apprenticeship initiative.
Worcester Envelope Company in Auburn celebrated a lot of milestones in the last year, 120 years in business as a family run operation and most recently, its 10th year in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) jointly run by the Department …Continue Reading Small Business in Auburn Maintains Membership in Exclusive Workplace Safety Program
It’s the law. Anyone ages 14-17 hired by an employer for pay must have an employment permit. Recent interviews completed by Teens at Work Project staff within the Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program found that among over 250 teens who had sustained …Continue Reading May is Young Worker Safety Month
While we remember fallen workers during Workers’ Memorial Day each year, let’s work together—employers and employees; labor and management—to end these workplace tragedies.
On April 28 of every year, we take time to remember our fallen workers and reaffirm our mission to work to make workplaces safer.
Please visit the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) Workplace Safety and Health Program table at the MASSbuys Expo May 1st at the DCU Center in Worcester. The Workplace Safety and Health Program’s mission is to prevent workplace injuries among public sector workers. We achieve this …Continue Reading Look for Workplace Safety and Health Program at the MASSbuys Expo
Fall Prevention in Construction FALLS REMAIN THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CONSTRUCTION In 2012 there were 775 total fatalities in construction. Two hundred sixty nine (269)of these fatalities were due to falls. Falls can be prevented Construction employees exposed to an unprotected …Continue Reading Fall Prevention in Construction
Massachusetts teens average over 700 work-related emergency room visits each year. Nationally, young workers sustain non-fatal injuries at almost twice the rate of older workers per hour, which can be partially explained because young workers are often provided insufficient health and safety training. One program …Continue Reading 4th Annual Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest
The Department of Labor Standards (DLS) offers a free consultation service designed to help employers recognize and control potential safety and health hazards at their worksites, improve their safety and health program, assist in training employees, and possibly qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.
50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963. This historic amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, guaranteeing equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, was rooted in the basic concepts of equality, opportunity, and value of work. …Continue Reading Reflecting on the Historic Signing of the Equal Pay Act of 1963