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Up on the Rooftop—Don’t Put Your Workers at Risk During Snow Removal

Up on the Rooftop—Don’t Put Your Workers at Risk During Snow Removal posted on Feb 18

Removing snow from rooftops on municipal and state properties must be done safely to protect workers from injury. After excessive snowfalls like we have seen, the weight of the snow could impact the structural integrity of roofs and can be a cause for concern.  Workers   …Continue Reading Up on the Rooftop—Don’t Put Your Workers at Risk During Snow Removal

Turning up the Heat in the Workplace—Guidelines for Minimum Temperatures

Turning up the Heat in the Workplace—Guidelines for Minimum Temperatures posted on Feb 4

With indoor heating systems working on overdrive this time of year, the Department of Labor Standards often fields calls about employer obligations for workplace heat in stores, offices, and other indoor businesses. Private sector employers in Massachusetts are obligated by federal law (OSHA) to provide   …Continue Reading Turning up the Heat in the Workplace—Guidelines for Minimum Temperatures

BRRRR! Don’t Let the Cold Harm Your Workers posted on Jan 5

Seasonably cold winter weather is here, providing a good opportunity to highlight ways to protect workers in cold environments. Working in cold conditions can increase the likelihood of workplace injuries due to reduced dexterity, impaired thought and a rush to get work done in order   …Continue Reading BRRRR! Don’t Let the Cold Harm Your Workers

MA Minimum Wage is $9.00/hour January 1, 2015

MA Minimum Wage is $9.00/hour January 1, 2015 posted on Dec 15

Massachusetts enacted the first state minimum wage law over 100 years ago on June 4, 1912. Thanks to the efforts of many committed individuals, businesses, and elected leaders at every level including the Governor, we have reason to celebrate again the Commonwealth’s lead when it comes to fair treatment of workers. Massachusetts now has the highest enacted state minimum wage set for $11.00 on January 1, 2017.

2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth *VINE* Contest

2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth *VINE* Contest posted on Oct 31

* six seconds, one video * Endless loops to promote teen safety at work! 2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth *VINE* Contest   Who is eligible? Teens ages 14-19. High school-aged Massachusetts teens (14-19) not enrolled in post-secondary education, are eligible to enter the contest.   …Continue Reading 2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth *VINE* Contest

2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest

2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest posted on Oct 29

* your words, your design * One poster to promote teen safety at work! 2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest Who is eligible? Teens ages 14-19. High school-aged Massachusetts teens (14-19) not enrolled in post-secondary education, are eligible to enter the contest. Note:   …Continue Reading 2015 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest

Your New Voice on National Committee to Create Apprenticeships

Your New Voice on National Committee to Create Apprenticeships posted on Sep 12

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.

Small Business in Auburn Maintains Membership in Exclusive Workplace Safety Program

Small Business in Auburn Maintains Membership in Exclusive Workplace Safety Program posted on Aug 1

    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

May is Young Worker Safety Month

May is Young Worker Safety Month posted on May 7

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

Let’s Remember the Fallen Worker posted on Apr 28

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.