A newsletter about Working with Toxic Materials, Health and Safety Training, Law and Public Policy
Worker's Memorial Day
April, 2016

Boston, MA
Eye of the Storm: Preparing Vulnerable Workers for Safe Storm Clean-up
Strengthening Emergency and Disaster Response  
Dr. Susan M. Cibulsky, US Dept.
of HHS Medical Countermeasure Strategy and Requirements -
Division Office of Policy and Planning

After the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and Sandy, clean-up contractors and temporary employment agencies often hired immigrant day laborers to 'muck and gut' damaged properties and to perform other cleanup activities. 
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OSHA's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

New OSHA Silica Rule Could Save 700 Lives and prevent 1,600 Cases of Silicosis a Year 

More than 2,000 workers died from silicosis, a chronic, disabling lung disease as a result of inhaling crystalline silica between 1999 and 2013 in the U.S. The number is low as many deaths from silicosis are not diagnosed and have been under-reported.  

Training Matters

Work Zone Safety

TNEC provides a significant number of training courses each year for municipalities and companies to review work zone operations practices used and recommended by various states and localities around the country. The courses emphasize how to effectively manage work zones to enhance smooth public mobility while ensuring the safety of workers on-site.
Roadway work zones are hazardous both for motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels, and lane changes and for workers who build, repair, and maintain our Nation's streets, bridges, and highways. According to national NIOSH statistics 582 road crew workers were killed on the job between 2008 and 2013. Recently, two Massachusetts workers were killed on state roadways. Work Zone Safety training is imperative and a successful way to reduce potential fatalities in one of the most dangerous occupational settings.

TNEC trainers worked with a company in Randolph to educate the staff on protecting themselves while working.  A Project Manager commented, "I thought the instructors did a fantastic job teaching the material.  Very intelligent, with experience to give answers to all of our questions."
TNEC trainers also worked with municipal employees in Massachusetts to assist with educating the staff on best practices when it comes to Work Zones.  One member of the team commented, "I loved the fact it was not "Death by Powerpoint" type of class. A lot of great thought went into creating and putting this class on for our team."   

Worker Training Program (WTP) Grantee Advances Worker Health, Safety, and Environmental Training
Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) Success Story
Jim Frederick's career is dedicated to helping workers protect themselves from hazards on the job. As a child growing up in Elkhart, Indiana, he witnessed first-hand why protecting
Jim Frederick
workers from chemical and physical exposures is critically important. He vividly recalls sitting in his third-grade classroom and hearing the loud explosion of a nearby chemical processing facility blowing up. Many of the workers inside were badly injured or killed.

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Source: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Workers Training Program

Going beyond the letter of the law with effective training TNEC/CSEA works to strengthen organizational effectiveness, instill community confidence and improve productivity and profitability.  TNEC's goal is to contribute to the health and safety of workers in the New England region. A well trained staff will limit injuries and save lives.  We thank all of our customers for your confidence in our knowledgeable trainers and support over the past 29 years.

Therese O'Donnell
UMass Lowell The New England Consortium

This work is partially supported under NIEHS grant number: 2U45ES006172-24
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