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 to eliminate these tragic accidents by conducting Safety Stand-Down. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety; this year we encourage you to focus on fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall prevention.
OSHA provides all the information you need to conduct a Stand-Down – information and resources can be found at www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown.
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.
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.