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Category Archives: Workplace Health and Safety

Working Outdoors? Learn How to Prevent Cold Stress Posted on Jan 3

Working Outdoors? Learn How to Prevent Cold Stress

With the extreme cold snap that we’re seeing in Massachusetts and across much of the nation, now is an important time to get the word out about cold stress and keeping our outdoor workers safe.  Who is at risk for cold stress? Anyone exposed to   …Continue Reading Working Outdoors? Learn How to Prevent Cold Stress

No hay por qué congelarse: ¡El estrés por frío se puede prevenir! Posted on Jan 2

No hay por qué congelarse: ¡El estrés por frío se puede prevenir!

Los primeros días de este invierno nos presentó un clima más cálido, pero, ¡ya llegó el frío! Aunque la temperatura no tiene que estar bajo cero-y no tienes que estar afuera por mucho tiempo- para estar en riesgo de sufrir estrés por frío, particularmente hipotermia   …Continue Reading No hay por qué congelarse: ¡El estrés por frío se puede prevenir!

Deck the Halls – Safely Posted on Nov 13

Deck the Halls - Safely

Holiday decorations are a surefire way to boost a community’s holiday spirit. The bright colors and lights of the holiday decorations make the 4:00 p.m. sunset a little easier to handle.  When I’m decorating, my training kicks in and I think about safety as I   …Continue Reading Deck the Halls – Safely

3 Steps to Keep Crossing Guards Safe Posted on Sep 19

3 Steps to Keep Crossing Guards Safe

Now that school is back in session, many drivers have noticed changes to their commute. Has your drive into work become more congested with additional cars and pedestrians?  Some of these pedestrians are crossing guards, helping local children arrive to school safely.   Did you know   …Continue Reading 3 Steps to Keep Crossing Guards Safe

Asbestos: An Old Health Hazard Still With Us Today Posted on Jun 20

Asbestos: An Old Health Hazard Still With Us Today

Think back to when you were in school – do you remember seeing pipes that looked like they were covered in white paper mache and those colorful floor tiles?  There is a good chance that those pipe coverings and floor tiles contained asbestos. Asbestos is   …Continue Reading Asbestos: An Old Health Hazard Still With Us Today

Young Workers: Know Your Rights in the Workplace Posted on May 17

Young Workers: Know Your Rights in the Workplace

Memorial Day is right around the corner — the unofficial start to summer and for many teens and young adults the start of a summer job. All across the state, young workers will be seen scooping ice cream, serving food, working as camp counselors, bagging   …Continue Reading Young Workers: Know Your Rights in the Workplace

Employers: Let’s Keep Massachusetts Workers Safe! Posted on Apr 28

Employers: Let’s Keep Massachusetts Workers Safe!

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, an internationally recognized day to remember workers who have died or been injured, disabled, sickened, on the job. Here in Massachusetts, 125 workers died on the job in just the two-year period of 2014-2015. These workers were our family members,   …Continue Reading Employers: Let’s Keep Massachusetts Workers Safe!

Do You Work Around Chemicals? Learn How to Protect Yourself Posted on Mar 30

Imagine going to work one day and coming home with an illness that will be with you for the rest of your life.  Sound far-fetched?  We’ve seen this happen to workers across Massachusetts.  It can happen when you are exposed to chemicals at work that   …Continue Reading Do You Work Around Chemicals? Learn How to Protect Yourself

It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery Posted on Jan 6

It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery

For most people, wearing gloves is second nature as a way to protect your hands. But there’s an exception to every rule – and if you work with machinery that has rotating or moving parts that you could touch, wearing gloves while using this machinery   …Continue Reading It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery

Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides Posted on Nov 28

Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides

Do you or someone you love use the services of a home care aide?  Nearly 50,000 people—mostly women—work in this growing occupation in Massachusetts.  You may be surprised to learn that recent data show that home care aides are twice as likely to have asthma   …Continue Reading Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides