Region 1 News Release: BOS 2000-127
Wednesday, September 7, 2000
Contact: John M. Chavez
PHONE: (617) 565-2075
ADVISORY FOR BUSINESS NEWS EDITOR / BUSINESS CALENDAR EDITOR
OSHA SCHEDULES FALL OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH BREAKFAST SERIES IN SPRINGFIELD, MASS., WITH FOCUS ON HELP FOR NEW ENGLAND SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor will kick off a three-month series of breakfast seminars in Springfield, Massachusetts, aimed at providing information on construction-related workplace safety and health topics of specific concern to small business employers in that industry in New England.
Building on the success of a similar series of sessions held earlier this year, the Springfield Area Office of OSHA, in cooperation with the Safety Council of Western Massachusetts, the Region I Chapter of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Association, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Consultation Program, will co-sponsor the Occupational Safety and Health Breakfast Series Fall 2000. The FREE breakfast events will be held on specified Wednesdays in the months of October, November and December 2000, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at the Safety Council of Western Massachusetts, 1000 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, Mass.
The purpose of these sessions, which are also open to employers in general industry, is to provide small business employers, especially those in construction, with an overview of these occupational safety and health topics; and furnish them with various resources and references to implement these programs in their workplaces. Mr. Patrick Griffin, OSHA's recently appointed compliance assistance specialist for Massachusetts, will also be on hand to share his expertise.
Again, there is no cost for attendance at these breakfast events. Employers interested in attending any or all of these sessions may register by contacting Christopher Hopkins, Executive Director, Safety Council of Western Mass. at (413) 783-1632 or on-line at: http://www.scwm.org.
NOTE: The co-sponsors of the breakfast series also want to alert employers to the upcoming construction business forum scheduled for January 17, 2001, in the Springfield area. The focus of this session will be residential construction employers. There will be a planning meeting for this forum on September 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Safety Council of Western Massachusetts, 1000 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, Mass. Those who can not attend the planning meeting are encouraged to provide their comments and suggestions by e-mail to the SCWM at the web site noted above. For additional information on both the breakfast series and the residential construction business forum, interested parties can also access the Massachusetts Consultation Program web site at http://www.state.ma.us/dos, where information on free consultation services is also available.
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