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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

Getting Hurt is Not in Your Job Description Posted on Jun 13

Getting Hurt is Not in Your Job Description

POP QUIZ: Deli slicers – How hard can they be to use? Everyone seems to have story about someone being cut at work while using a deli slicer*. If you don’t have one yourself, ask a friend or colleague—they almost certainly do. And more often   …Continue Reading Getting Hurt is Not in Your Job Description

Let’s Keep Workers Safe: Plan. Provide. Train. Posted on Apr 28

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day — the international day to remember workers who were injured, disabled, made unwell, or who died on the job. In just a six-year-period, in Massachusetts, 356 workers died on the job (2008-2013). These workers were our family members, friends and neighbors   …Continue Reading Let’s Keep Workers Safe: Plan. Provide. Train.

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

There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable! Posted on Jan 19

There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable!

The early days of winter teased us with milder weather, but alas, the cold has arrived! Still, the temperature doesn’t have to be freezing—and you don’t have to be outside very long—to be at risk for cold stress, particularly hypothermia and frostbite.  In fact, cold   …Continue Reading There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable!

Don’t Forget About Summer Job Safety Posted on May 19

Don’t Forget About Summer Job Safety

The spring weather has finally arrived – and with it, thoughts of summertime. Beach days, Red Sox games, vacations. And let’s not forget, summer jobs for the Massachusetts youth out there. I still remember some of my summer (and all year round) jobs as a   …Continue Reading Don’t Forget About Summer Job Safety