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Green cleaning reduces the impact on human health and the environment. Posted on Aug 5

Green cleaning reduces the impact on human health and the environment.

Green cleaning reduces the impact on human health and the environment.

DLS and OSHA Remind Employers to Prevent Heat Illness among Workers Posted on Jul 7

DLS and OSHA Remind Employers to Prevent Heat Illness among Workers

Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. Employers are responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat.

Prevent Aerial Lift Accidents Posted on Jun 4

Prevent Aerial Lift Accidents

Municipal employees are subject to accidents and injuries while working in bucket trucks and aerial lifts to hang flags and decorations, trim trees, or make repairs to buildings or streetlights.  Some of the high hazards of working in bucket trucks or on any elevated work   …Continue Reading Prevent Aerial Lift Accidents

National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction Posted on May 29

National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction

Falls in construction and other lines of employment are entirely preventable. Yet, in 2012, 269 people went to work at a construction site and never came home because they had fallen to their death. Please join us the week of June 2nd in an effort   …Continue Reading National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction

Youth Permit Process Posted on May 20

May is Young Worker Safety Month in Massachusetts.  As many teenagers are looking for summer jobs at this time, it is important to remember that anyone under the age of eighteen must have a job-specific work permit before starting any job.  To learn about the   …Continue Reading Youth Permit Process

Asbestos In Schools Posted on May 14

Asbestos In Schools

While there is still asbestos in many schools across the country and in Massachusetts, when managed appropriately, the risk to building occupants is minimized.

May is Young Worker Safety Month Posted on May 7

May is Young Worker Safety Month

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.

April 28, 2014: Workers’ Memorial Day Posted on Apr 25

April 28, 2014: Workers’ Memorial Day

On April 28 of every year, we take time to remember our fallen workers and reaffirm our mission to work to make workplaces safer.

Look for Workplace Safety and Health Program at the MASSbuys Expo Posted on Apr 14

Look for Workplace Safety and Health Program at the MASSbuys Expo

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