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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

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

Water: We Track That! Posted on Jul 14

Water: We Track That!

The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is helping us understand the relationship between our water and our health.  Improving our understanding of this relationship will help us protect our water and save lives.  We all need clean, safe water.  Drinking water from a private   …Continue Reading Water: We Track That!

Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education Posted on Feb 25

Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a long history of promoting policies and practices that support health and safety in early care and education settings. Recently the Department unveiled an updated Health and Safety in Child Care website, to serve as a clearinghouse of   …Continue Reading Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education

The Data Confirms It: Seatbelts Really Do Save Lives Posted on Dec 17

Did you know that there are over 100,000 motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts every year and that people are injured in nearly 40,000 of these crashes? Motor vehicle crashes are everyday tragedies that can change lives in a matter of seconds. Wearing a seat belt   …Continue Reading The Data Confirms It: Seatbelts Really Do Save Lives

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

Move Over on the Road: It Could Save a Life Posted on Oct 6

Move Over on the Road: It Could Save a Life

Driving. It’s something many of us take for granted as part of our day-to-day lives. Many of us also drive for work, even if only occasionally. But did you know, that in Massachusetts, 74 workers were killed in motor vehicle related events from 2007-2014? Forty-six   …Continue Reading Move Over on the Road: It Could Save a Life

Car Seats Recommendations! Posted on Sep 10

Car Seats Recommendations!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly.  Choosing the right car seat can be overwhelming.  There are many models to choose from, such as convertible and “all-in-one” or “3-in-1,” forward-facing, rear-facing, and booster   …Continue Reading Car Seats Recommendations!

The Heat is On – But Heat Illness is Preventable! Posted on Jul 20

The Heat is On - But Heat Illness is Preventable!

Summertime… It’s time for fun in the sun, especially after such a brutal winter! But in addition to fun, summer often brings intense heat waves. According to the CDC, on average, extreme heat causes more U.S. deaths than other natural disasters.  Heat safety is clearly   …Continue Reading The Heat is On – But Heat Illness is Preventable!

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