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Workplace Safety and Health Program statutes

Laws having to do with the safety and health for work locations.

In the absence of specific standards, it is Department of Labor Standards (DLS) policy that all public sector employers (municipal, county and state) follow the OSHA Standards at a minimum. Compliance with the OSHA Standards will in most cases ensure compliance with the intent of Chapter 149 Section 6, which states that DLS shall investigate places of employment and determine what suitable devices or other reasonable means or requirements are necessary for the prevention of industrial accidents or occupational diseases. Note that if you are a private employer conducting work on any public or private worksite, you are under the jurisdiction of the US Department of Labor - OSHA and are required to adhere to their safety and health standards.

On June 26, 2014 a law was passed in Massachusetts that extends workplace safety and health standards equivalent to OSHA to state employees of the Executive Branch. 454 CMR 25.00 went into effect on March 24, 2015 defining which OSHA Standards are applicable.

454 CMR 25.00 Occupational Safety and Health for State Workers

Chapter 144 Section 6 1/2 (2014) Occupational Safety and Health for State Workers

Chapter 149, Section 10. Entry of places of employment for investigations

Chapter 149, Section 17. Entry of places of employment for examinations and investigations; access to records

Chapter 23, Section 11A. Department of Labor Standards; creation; powers and duties

M.G.L. c. 149, sec. 13. Violations of regulations or orders

M.G.L. c. 149, sec. 18A. Sanitary and safety conditions; tools

M.G.L. c. 149, sec. 18B. Confined spaces; ventilation

M.G.L. c. 149, sec. 18C. Power transmission equipment

M.G.L. c. 149, sec. 18D. Ropes, hooks, and cranes; use and operation

M.G.L. c. 149, sec. 18E. Safety precautions in dangerous undertakings

M.G.L. c. 149, sec. 18G. Industrial truck and internal combustion equipment; operation; construction of docks

M.G.L. c. 149, sect. 18I. Penalty


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