Creation of a centralized health and safety infrastructure

Designed to aid in gaining a big picture view of current health and safety management so that centralized strategies for improvement can be developed. This will also allow for dissemination of health and safety information, support, and assistance resources throughout all agencies. The infrastructure consists of:

  • The Governor’s Massachusetts Employee Safety and Health Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee),created by EO 511.* Appointment of a Health and Safety coordinator for each secretariat.
  • Creation of joint labor-management health and safety committees to cover all employees in the executive branch. (In some agencies, these committees were already in existence so they were brought into the process).

Assessment of current health and safety management practices

Designed to give a big picture view of health and safety management across the entire executive branch, and guide development of effective strategies for moving this issue forward at the central level. The assessment, completed by the health and safety committees, consists of:

  • Completion of hazard assessment questionnaires: these evaluate the current status of health and safety management for a set of serious worker hazards: work zone safety, chemical hazards, confined space entry, driving safety, emergency action planning, electrical hazards, fall from height, lockout/tagout, trench safety, workplace violence, and life safety.
  • Completion of a gap analysis: this is a comparison of what is currently in place for protection against each serious hazard (as answered on the hazard assessment questionnaire) to the relevant worker protection standard, as well as health and safety management ideals.  

Identification of effective and realistic next steps to improve state worker health and safety

The Advisory Committee will develop recommendations primarily based on the following:

  • Review of worker injury and illness statistics.
  • Review of information developed by the health and safety committees.

Creation of centralized access to resources such as model health and safety policies, inter-agency peer-to-peer support, training, and sharing of innovative and effective health and safety strategies.

Collection of injury and illness statistics for State Employees

  • Ensuring that state agencies collect and report work-related injury and illness data comparable to the OSHA requirements for private sector employers.
  • Requiring participation for agencies selected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.