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 process for obtaining a work permit, the Department of Labor Standards has mapped out each of the steps that need to be taken. See: http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/dls/youth-employment/youth-permit-process.pdf
Work permit applications are posted to DLS’s website at www.mass.gov/dols/youth.
There are also links to information about keeping teens safe on the job.
Working together, we can help teens to become skilled, savvy, and SAFE this summer as they undertake new and important responsibilities in the workforce.
Law Enforcement and Recreationalists: Be Aware of Lead Hazards at Shooting Ranges posted on Oct 24
Each year there are shooters, instructors, and maintenance staff that become sick from lead poisoning received at their firing range.
Lead Poisoning in Adults posted on Oct 22
The Occupational Lead Poisoning Registry is dedicated to reducing the incidence and severity of lead poisoning among Massachusetts workers. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has shown that even at very low levels, such as 5 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dl), lead can cause significant health problems.
MA Regulation Requires Contractors to Work Lead-Safe by Preventing the Spread of Lead Dust During Renovation, Repair, and Painting Projects posted on Oct 17
Homes and other structures built before 1978 may contain lead paint. Lead-contaminated dust can cause lead poisoning in children, pregnant women, contractors, and other workers, their families, and even pets.