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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

Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained Posted on Sep 20

Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained

When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer   …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained

Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference Posted on Jul 25

Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference

In the six years from 2008 through 2013, 356 workers died on the job in Massachusetts.  This is about one worker every five days!  The MDPH CFOI and MA FACE projects developed this infographic to illustrate these tragic worker deaths and to underscore the human costs   …Continue Reading Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference

Preventing Chemical Poisoning Deaths in MA Households and Workplaces Posted on Mar 24

Preventing Chemical Poisoning Deaths in MA Households and Workplaces

Editorial Note: When we think of chemical poison prevention, we often think of chemicals found in our households—ammonia, bleach, lead. But many chemicals exist and pose risk in both our homes and our workplaces. We are deeply saddened by the recent news of a Boston   …Continue Reading Preventing Chemical Poisoning Deaths in MA Households and Workplaces

Putting Data to Work: How Work Affects Our Health Posted on Feb 22

Putting Data to Work: How Work Affects Our Health

Over 3 million Massachusetts residents are employed in thousands of workplaces throughout the Commonwealth. Perhaps you’re one of them. Despite the varying nature of our jobs, there are common themes that work plays in our lives: it provides income and often other economic benefits, and   …Continue Reading Putting Data to Work: How Work Affects Our Health

Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting Posted on Nov 23

Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting

“Since passage of the Massachusetts Act to Relative to Needlestick Injury Prevention, measurable progress has been made, but significant work remains in our efforts to eradicate preventable sharps injuries. Unfortunately, healthcare workers continue to bear the brunt of the burden of these potentially life-changing exposures.    …Continue Reading Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting

Improving Construction Worker Safety by Preventing Falls Posted on May 28

Improving Construction Worker Safety by Preventing Falls

Did you know that construction is among the largest sectors in our state economy? Chances are that you probably know someone who works in this vitally important field. And even if not, your life has been has been touched by what construction workers do —   …Continue Reading Improving Construction Worker Safety by Preventing Falls