• Safety and Health Regulations for Public Employees in Massachusetts

    Safety and health regulations for both public and private sector employees were written before 1970, when the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) went into effect for private sector workers.   Accordingly, if you are a private employer conducting work on any public or private worksite, you are required to follow OSHA safety and health standards outlined in 29 CFR 1910 and 29 CFR 1926.   Municipal workplaces in Massachusetts, excluded by federal OSHA coverage, are covered by Mass General Laws Chapter 149, section 6.  Municipal employers who comply with US Department of Labor OSHA and other nationally recognized safety and health standards will be considered to be in compliance with Chapter 149, Section 6. Massachusetts Workplace Safety & Health Statutes and Regulations 
    To report an accident involving an EMS response, hospitalization or fatality of a public employee, call the Department of Labor Standards at 508-616-0461 ext. 9488. A public employee is an employee of a state, county, or municipal entity. Private employers are required to call OSHA. Referrals from police departments, fire and EMS departments are welcome.
    To file a complaint about safety and health conditions for public employees, for example:  machine safety, electrical safety, or chemical safety, call the Department of Labor Standards at 508-616-0461 ext. 9488 or e-mail us at safepublicworkplace@state.ma.us. The Department of Labor Standards will follow-up by sending a written Complaint Letter or by conducting a site inspection.

    DLS's WSHP addresses public employee occupational safety and health in various ways.  To learn more about what resources are available through this program, please click on the links below:

    Safety and Health Inspections  

    Voluntary Technical  Assistance 

    Technical Expertise Outreach

    Executive Order 511

    Work-Related Injury Prevention for Public K-12 Schools in Massachusetts

    Workplace Safety and Health Program Poster links to PDF file