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Category Archives: Department of Labor Standards

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

Safety Makes Business $en$e! Posted on Apr 4

Safety Makes Business $en$e!

OSHA inspections led to a reduction in injury claims and saved those companies on their worker’s compensation costs over the four years after the inspection.

Fall Prevention in Construction Posted on Mar 18

Fall Prevention in Construction

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

4th Annual Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest Posted on Mar 14

4th Annual Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest

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

Prevent Worker Injury When Performing Rooftop Snow Removal Posted on Mar 4

Prevent Worker Injury When Performing Rooftop Snow Removal

Every year, workers are killed or seriously injured while performing snow or ice removal from rooftops and other building structures, such as decks.

Free workplace safety consultation service Posted on Feb 27

Free workplace safety consultation service

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.