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News Notice of Public Hearing regarding a proposed amendment to 454 CMR 25.00 to adopt OSHA-level safety and health standards for public workplaces.

Notice of Public Hearing regarding a proposed amendment to 454 CMR 25.00 to adopt OSHA-level safety and health standards for public workplaces.
2/26/2019
  • Department of Labor Standards

Boston, MANotice is hereby given pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §2, that the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, in conjunction with the Department of Labor Standards (DLS), will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to  454 CMR 25.00. The purpose of the amendment is to require the same level of occupational safety and health protections for public employees as is currently provided to private employees under OSHA. The regulation is being amended to expressly adopt OSHA-level safety and health standards for public workplaces. The amended regulation establishes uniform health and safety standards across all public sectors.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. in the Department of Labor Standards Conference Room, Second Floor, Department of Labor Standards, 19 Staniford Street, Boston, MA 02114.

The Department encourages all interested parties, including those who testify at the public hearing, to submit written testimony electronically to dlsFeedback@state.ma.us. Please submit electronic testimony as an attached Word document and type the regulation number (454 CMR 25.00) and name of the regulation (Occupational Safety and Health for Public Sector Workers) in the subject line of the email. All submitted testimony must include the sender’s full name and address. The Department will post all electronic testimony that complies with these instructions on its website. Parties who are unable to submit electronic testimony should mail submissions to: Office of the General Counsel, Department of Labor Standards, 19 Staniford Street, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02114. All written or oral comments submitted to the Department may be posted on the Department’s website and released in response to a request for public records. All written testimony must be received by Friday, March 22, 2019.

A copy of the proposed amendments may be viewed here or obtained from the Office of the General Counsel at (617) 626-6976.

Department of Labor Standards 

The Department of Labor Standards (DLS) promotes and protects workers' safety/health, wages, and working conditions, and supports the use of apprenticeship as a tool for workforce development.
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