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In This Issue
inXsol Announces NIH (NIEHS) SBIR Phase II Grant
Coalition issues Safety Recommendations for Temp Workers
Honor Veterans
Sharon Beard Receives Kerr Award
TNEC Training Highlights
TNEC Partners
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January, 2014 Trainings

Please note:  A 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Basic Health and Safety Course will be offered in NH in January.

EMD Millipore training  
inXsol Receives Grant to Build upon TNEC's Hazardous Site Computer Simulation
  Phoenix, AZ - inXsol, a Phoenix-based eLearning and simulation development company, has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Program grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS). The NIEHS award will allow inXsol to build upon the success of the Phase I prototype developed and classroom deployment of HazReady. The original purpose of the project was to assess the feasibility and efficacy of online simulations to enhance Hazardous Waste Worker / Emergency Responder Health and Safety Training.

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Coalition Issues Safety Recommendations for Temp Workers
Governor Patrick Signs Temp Worker Bill
   Boston - A coalition of workplace safety groups has released a set of recommendations for OSHA to help improve safety for temporary workers.
   Released publicly Nov. 4 during a press conference, the recommendations were presented to OSHA and agency administrator David Michaels two days earlier in Boston at a forum on temporary worker health and safety. They include clarifying health and safety responsibility in dual-employer settings, targeting large staffing agencies, including temporary staffing agencies as part of OSHA's data initiative, and having inspectors learn how temporary workers are trained and what safety materials they receive.

  "Temp workers often fall through the cracks," Linda Delp, chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Section for the Washington-based American Public Health Association, said during the press conference.

   According to Delp, several factors lead to increased risk of injury for temporary workers, including lack of health benefits and sick leave, job insecurity, fear to raise safety concerns, and inexperience.

   The coalition is made up of APHA, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Staffing Workers Alliance.



Honor Veterans By Hiring Veterans

   At the Department of Labor's annual Salute to Veterans, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez highlighted the urgency of helping transition service members and veterans to find good jobs. Perez, the son of a VA physician, noted that hiring veterans is a matter of "enlightened self-interest," as companies are looking for workers with precisely the skills that distinguish the men and women of the military. "The employers I talk to tell me the following things," explained Perez. "I need someone who understands teamwork. I need someone who understands discipline. I need someone who can... lead other people." To increase veterans hiring, Perez highlighted the importance of partnerships among various federal agencies, the business community, labor unions, nonprofit organizations and veterans service organizations. And he added that the federal government is practicing what it preaches with its own veteran hiring at a 20-year high. The Nov. 6 event featured a discussion on the challenges of reintegrating into civilian life and the department's programs to help ease that transition. Panelists included Sergeant Dakota Meyer, recipient of the Medal of Honor; Jose Serans, graduate of Veterans in Piping apprenticeship program; Eric Eversole, executive director of Hiring Our Heroes at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and Terry Gerton, deputy assistant secretary for policy at the department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service.




Sharon Beard receives APHA Kerr Award

   Boston, MA November 6, 2013 - Sharon Beard an Industrial Hygienist in the Worker Education and Training Program of the Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institute of Health (NIH) in Research Triangle Park, NC received the American Public Health Association (APHA) Kerr Award at their 141st annual meeting in Boston, MA. The Kerr Award is named in honor of Lorin Kerr (1909-1991) a life-long activist who served for over 40 years as a physician for the United Mine Workers. He was dedicated to improving access to health care for coal miners and other workers and to obtaining compensation for and preventing black lung disease. The award recognizes a younger activist for their sustained and outstanding efforts and dedication to improve the lives of workers.

   Congratulations to Sharon for her dedication and hard work in protecting the lives of workers.



Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at


TNEC Training Highlights

   The New England Consortium (TNEC) has worked with the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) to provide health and safety training to municipal employees throughout Massachusetts over the past five years. Through this association TNEC has trained hundreds of municipal workers who otherwise may go without training due to budget constraints with their respective towns. At a recent training in Wilbraham, MA two TNEC trainers, Thomas Estabrook and Bridget McGuiness provided confined space training to workers.

   In a short letter to the trainers, Lin Chabra, MIIA Membership and Training Coordintor wrote, "Through the training they (municipal workers) learned the skills that would take them from planning, to permitting, to entering, to monitoring and to exiting a Confined Space safely....I know I might not extend my thanks as often as I should. Just wanted to let you know we continue to appreciate all your efforts on behalf of our members as both of our organizations try to make municipal work places safer." Tonya Basch, Assistant DPW Director/Engineer with Wilbraham Department of Public Works also wrote, "Thank you for making this training successful.  I think it went extremely well, the guys were very receptive."

   Thoughtful words from appreciative clients.


   MIIA is the non-profit insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), insuring over 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in Massachusetts. MIIA's mission is to provide superior insurance products and risk management solutions at competitive rates to its members. Our products include Health, Property & Casualty and Workers' Compensation insurance. Our member services include a tremendous choice of wellness, loss control and training opportunities. MIIA is a member-driven organization.


  Mike Fitts, ConnectiCOSH and Neil Hawley, Western MassCOSH provided the training for TNEC's October 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Personnel Basic Health and Safety Course along with UML trainer Tom Estabrook.  This five day course features simulated work tasks and mock incidents so students gain a better understanding of work site hazards and how to properly respond in an emergency situation.   

   A field engineer who took the training commented on his evaluation, "I enjoyed the course.  I liked that there were multiple trainers that each taught from their background. The personal experience stories were interesting and helped add to the material.  I also enjoyed the variety of teaching methods - discussion, read and share, simulations, etc.  I expected to be half-asleep through the entire course, but I very rarely felt that way here.  You guys kept it interesting but still taught the material effectively.  I think it was especially useful to see and touch the air monitoring equipment, the respiratory equipment and to wear the suits. This class exceeded my expectations and I had fun! Thank you."  

   This is why we do it!  



TNEC Partners
Civil Service Employee Association
CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME
Occupational Safety and Health 
New York's Leading Union

143 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

Phone: 516.257.1465

  Standing Together for Safe and Healthy Work
1532B Dorchester Avenue
 Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone:  617.825.7233
Fax: 617.822.3718

20 Years of working to keep NH workers safe!
NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health
161 Londonderry Turnpike
Hooksett, NH 03106

 Phone: 603.232.4406
Fax: 603.232.4461  
An injury to one is an injury to all


683 North Mountain Road
Newington, CT 06111


Phone: 860.953.2674
Fax: 860.953.1038


741 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401.751.2015
Fax: 401.751.7520


Western Mass COSH
640 Page Blvd, Suite 104
Springfield, MA 01104


  Phone: 413.731.0760
Fax: 413.731.6688
 Western MassCOSH