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Category Archives: Workplace Health and Safety

Honoring Workers’ Memorial Day 2018 Posted on Apr 27

Honoring Workers' Memorial Day 2018

The average person spends about 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. Each year, approximately 67 Massachusetts workers never return home from work. The victims of these workplace deaths often leave behind grieving families and loved ones who struggle to carry on. Workers’ Memorial Day,   …Continue Reading Honoring Workers’ Memorial Day 2018

Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work Posted on Apr 19

Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work

The topic of sexual harassment has received increased visibility in recent months. The #metoo and #timesup movements have inspired many people of all ages to speak about their experiences of sexual violence on social media. Some who have read and shared these stories remember a time in   …Continue Reading Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work

Welders: Take Steps to Identify Hazards at Work Posted on Apr 2

Welders: Take Steps to Identify Hazards at Work

Welding has so many uses in today’s world, from allowing I-beams to hold buildings up to creating wrought iron designs, metal jewelry, and other decorative work. But as you might imagine, there are risks involved with the light, heat and fumes produced by welding. So   …Continue Reading Welders: Take Steps to Identify Hazards at Work

School Vacation Work Hours for MA Teens Posted on Feb 14

School Vacation Work Hours for MA Teens

February has arrived and many workers feel like they have finally gotten back into their daily routines—unless you are a parent of school-attending children. Many public schools offer a break from classes this month and it is common for working teens to pick up extra   …Continue Reading School Vacation Work Hours for MA Teens

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