Massachusetts OSHA Safety Training Courses
Massachusetts OSHA Training Requirements
According to Massachusetts State law, at least an OSHA 10 hour Construction Course is required for all public sector projects and construction sites state wide:
- All employees to be employed at a worksite needs to complete the OSHA 10 hour construction course before beginning work on the worksite. The law went into effect in 2004.
- Any employee found on a worksite subject to this section without documentation of successful completion of the OSHA 10 hour course shall be subject to immediate removal.
- The Massachusetts law specifically says "at least 10 hours" - so an OSHA 30 hour construction course would also enable the worker to meet these requirements.
- It is also the employer’s responsibility to make sure all their employees have their certification card and turn in proof to the contracting agency before the job starts. The employer can be fined for allowing an employee onsite who does not have a valid OSHA 10 hour certification card.
- The OSHA 10 hour Construction Course must also be retaken every 5 years.
Massachusetts Required Training - 10hr OSHA Outreach - Construction
Reference: Massachusetts General Laws - Chapter 30: Section 39S
For other jobs in Massachusetts, some companies require their employees to take OSHA training in order to be qualified to perform certain duties. However, whatever industry you work for in Massachusetts - taking an OSHA Training Course is a low cost investment that rewards you with essential job safety practices that could one day possibly save your life. Most workplace accidents and injuries are preventable, so that's why more workers are taking a proactive step towards osha safety training. (Choose course in right column.)
HAZWOPER Training Required
The Federal OSHA HAZWOPER Standard (29 CFR Part 1910.120) - requires that all employees that are exposed to or handle hazardous materials must take a 24hr or 40hr HAZWOPER Training Course and an 8hr Annual Refresher, at a level required by their job function and responsibility, before they are permitted to engage in hazardous waste operations that could expose them to hazardous substances.
Massachusetts Workplace Safety and Health Program
The Massachusett Office of Labor and Workforce Development aims to protect workers through education and training, workplace safety and health consultation, and occupational injury and illness data collection and analysis.
The Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development - Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards mission is to promote and protect workers' safety and health, wages and working conditions, and to support employers and workers in the utilization of apprenticeship as a workforce development tool.
The Massachustetts Department of Labor Standards - Massachusetts Workplace Safety and Health Program is responsible for conducting free investigations of workplace health hazards upon request of a public sector employer, employee, union, Board of Health or upon referral by another agency or health professional.
The Massachustetts Department of Labor Standards - Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Program is to support continued improvement of workplace environments by compiling and presenting data to employers, employees, researchers, industry professionals, and policy-makers, so that these data can be used to devise strategies to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses.
Massachusetts OSHA - State Labor Program Statistics
Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards
Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Program
Charles F. Hurley Building
19 Staniford Street, 2nd FL
Boston, MA 02114
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
OSHA Labor Data - Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics
- SOII - BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
The SOII provides estimates for nonfatal cases of work-related injuries and illnesses from 46 States and Territories that are recorded by employers under the Occupational safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) recordkeeping guidelines.
- CFOI - BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
The CFOI publishes data on fatal cases of work-related injuries for all States, Territories, and New York City.
For more information, check out the BLS State Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities - Labor Programs and State data.
Massachusetts OSHA Top Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries and Illnesses
According to latest data, the leading cause of workplace fatalities in Massachusetts was in the construction and extraction occupations (Source).
As with most states, the leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between.
Source: OSHA Common Statistics Summaries
Falls deaths are preventable by a safety training class that covers 29 CFR 1926.500 - Subpart M – Fall Protection and deals with both the human and equipment-related issues in protecting workers from fall hazards.
Sources: OSHA – Fall Protection in Construction (PDF); OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign
Massachusetts Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Data by Industry (SOII)
(Please contact the State for additional data.)
- *2015 Incidence rates (PDF) Case counts (PDF)
- *2014 Incidence rates (PDF) Case counts (PDF)
- *2013 Incidence rates (PDF) Case counts (PDF)
- *2012 Incidence rates (PDF) Case counts (PDF)
Massachusetts Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) Data
(Please contact the State for additional data.)
- 2015 Fatal injury counts (HTML) rates (HTML)
- 2014 Fatal injury counts (HTML) rates (HTML)
- 2013 Fatal injury counts (HTML) rates (PDF)
- 2012 Fatal injury counts (HTML) rates (PDF)
How Massachusetts OSHA Compliance Training Can Help You
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