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Region 1 News Release: 04-2019-BOS / BOS 2004-243
Friday, October 08, 2004
Contact: John M. Chavez
Phone: (617) 565-2075


OSHA Allies with Mass. Nurses Association to Protect Health Care Workers

BOSTON, Mass. -- Improving workplace safety and health for nurses and other health care workers throughout the Bay State is the goal of a newly signed alliance among the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety, Consultation Program (MDOS-CP).

OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers.

"This alliance is an example of OSHA's commitment to foster compliance assistance for workers and employers to improve health and safety for health care workers," said Marthe Kent, OSHA''s New England regional administrator. "It focuses on how to prevent worker exposures to hazardous drugs and chemicals, workplace violence, as well as ergonomic injuries in health care settings."

Under the statewide alliance, the three agencies will arrange for or conduct training sessions on hazardous drugs, chemicals and materials (including exposure to anesthetic gases, sharps, bloodborne pathogens and natural rubber latex), workplace violence and ergonomic hazards. They will share and publicize information on effective approaches to dealing with hazards; participate in forums, roundtable