FRAMINGHAM – State Representative Chris Walsh (D-Framingham), Representative Jack Lewis (D-Framingham and Representative Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury) joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts House to pass legislation requiring public employers to provide the same standard of protections to their employees as required by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA).
The bill also expands the Massachusetts OSHA hazard advisory board.
“The creation of this new board, to monitor safety and health programs, and provide additional resources where necessary, will assure that labor representatives and leaders of municipal organizations all have a seat at the table. All employees should count on having consistent safety protections, not just after a death or serious injury,” said Rep. Walsh.
Our municipal and state employees have always deserved the protections afforded private employees,” said Representative Gentile (D-Sudbury). “At long last they will enjoy safe working conditions.”
“This critical expansion of OSHA protections to all public employees in the Commonwealth is a reaffirmation of our commitment to workplace safety in the state, and an important step toward protecting our workers from preventable accidents,” said Rep. Lewis.
This legislation would go into effective October 2018 and would extend protections to more than 400,000 workers in the Commonwealth.
Earlier this year Massachusetts enacted legislation that established essential protections in the workplace for pregnant employees. The bill guaranteed reasonable accommodations and prohibited discrimination against pregnant workers.