Massachusetts Training laws & safety compliance analysis

Massachusetts Training : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) governs workplace safety and health, including training requirements, in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations). Public sector employers (state, county, and municipal offices and operations) are subject to state requirements, including worker right to know. The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS) has additional licensure requirements that are stricter than federal rules—for both private and public sector employers—for all hoisting machinery operators in the commonwealth. See the TABLE for state-specific workplace safety and hoisting machinery training requirements.

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For information on the federal training requirements, see the national section TRAINING.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces occupational safety and health, including training requirements, in the private sector workplace. The DPS administers and enforces hoisting machinery licensing requirements in public and private workplaces.

State Requirements
TABLE: TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Topic Training Refresher Training
Public sector employers—Hazard communication454 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 21.07 Employees who are exposed to chemical hazards must be trained annually. The initial training for new employees must be done within 30 days of employment. Training must be provided, at no expense to employees, that explains workers’ rights as they relate to the following areas:• Workplace notice• Container labeling• Request for a safety data sheet (SDS)• Work refusal• Discrimination, discipline, discharge• Hearings and appeals• Instruction or training• SDS components• Explanation of ...

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