Report: Opioid-related worker deaths skyrocket in Massachusetts

Report: Opioid-related worker deaths skyrocket in Massachusetts

In this week's Safety & Health publication, an article stated the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths among Massachusetts workers in 2016 and 2017 rose 83.7% over the previous five-year period, with construction and agricultural occupations experiencing dramatic jumps. This was cited from a report from the state’s Department of Public Health. In a press release from the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, the worker advocacy group calls on policymakers to allocate funds to “workplace prevention and recovery strategies” as well as programs intended to aid workers with opioid misuse disorders.
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Short staffing ‘continues to be the biggest risk’ to Chemical Safety Board

Short staffing ‘continues to be the biggest risk’ to Chemical Safety Board

The Chemical Safety Board has only filled one of its five board seats this year and this continues to be detrimental to the agency's operations, as stated by the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General in a new report .  It has appointed three board seats but is awaiting senate confirmation and no date has been set for those hearings. During a Sept. 29 hearing before the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, CSB Chair and CEO Katherine Lemos testified that CSB is “on an upward trend” despite its long-standing and well-documented operational and staffing challenges. To read the article in…
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YouTube Video Advertising our Health and Safety

YouTube Video Advertising our Health and Safety

Our COSH partner in New Hampshire, NH COSH, produced a YouTube video advertising our Health and Safety Series in October. It also discusses New Hampshire's Worker's Memorial on April 28th. Presented by Brian Mitchell NH COSH and Tom Estabrook Ph.D. The New England Consortium (TNEC).
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