Dept. of Labor Standards to hold safety trainings for public employers

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The Department of Labor Standards will hold a series of safety training sessions this month for public sector employers to review their responsibilities under the updated workplace safety law.
According to the DLS, the law (M.G.L. Ch. 149, Sec. 6½) was amended to clarify that public sector employers are required to provide methods to reduce work-related injury and illness that meet the minimum requirements provided under federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.
The DLS will enforce the law and has the authority to issue fines if corrective actions are not completed within a specified timeframe. The law does not change the role of federal OSHA inspectors; they will not inspect public sector employers.
The amended law goes into effect on Feb. 1, 2019.
The DLS training sessions are scheduled as follows:
• June 19, Springfield, 11 a.m.
• June 21, Boston, 11 a.m.
• June 25, Stow, 1 p.m.
• June 27, Taunton, 1 p.m.
• July 11, Worcester, 1 p.m.
The DLS will hold webinars on June 12 and June 13, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., for those who cannot attend a session in person.
Download the registration form (373K PDF)
For more information contact DLS ‎Program Coordinator Susan Humphreys at
The DLS plans to hold separate training sessions for fire safety personnel.