University of Massachusetts Lowell
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University of Massachusetts Lowell
The New England Consortium
600 Suffolk Street, Suite 513
Wannalancit Business Center
Lowell, MA 01854

In This Issue
Happy Thanksgiving

OSHA Pilots 'Transitioning to Safer Chemicals' Course at TNEC  
Bob Kerr of Pure Strategies taught the class

   OSHA recently conducted a pilot session for its 1-day training course, Transitioning to Safer Chemicals, which aims to explain and provide hands-on experience with a seven-step process for transitioning to safer alternatives that can be applied in any workplace. This is intended to build on OSHA's Toolkit for Transitioning to Safer Chemicals ( by providing instruction and experience with the process and resources highlighted in the toolkit.
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UMass Lowell Environmental Worker Health and Safety Project Receives NIEHS Grant to Address Hazardous Materials and Climate Change Concerns
Dr. Craig Slatin
Prinicipal Investigator Craig Slatin
   UMass Lowell's longstanding hazardous waste worker/emergency responder health and safety training program submitted a successful competitive proposal for 5 years of funding.  The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has awarded The New England Consortium-Civil Service Employees Association (TNEC-CSEA) a total of $7,635,459 through July 31, 2020. TNEC-CSEA is based in UMass Lowell's College of Health Sciences new Public Health Division, Department of Community Health and Sustainability and is a working project within UML's Climate Change Initiative. 


TNEC Training Highlights
Bob Zalewski_ TNEC trainer works with students
   TNEC holds OSHA 40-Hour health and safety course's every month at its training facility at UMass Lowell.  One student commented on his evaluation," I like how you're adding emergency response as related to Homeland Security."  "It's Smart to continue that as it is a growing industry as well."  I also, appreciate having seen the mobile phone application."  I like how you change things up in all your courses.  Both Bob and Patricia are very good instructors.

Students work together to solve workplace incidents.
   TNEC held an OSHA-10 Hour Construction Safety course in Dedham, MA.  On an evaluation of the course one student wrote, "I enjoyed the class very much.  It could have been dry but the instructors did a nice job at keeping it interesting and engaging." 










Manager's Perceptions of the Value and Impact of HAZWOPER Worker Health and Safety Training

  A new journal article in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine looks at the factors that motivate managers to provide HAZWOPER training to employees, and what they value in providing that training.  Findings show that compliance with regulatory requirements is an important factor shaping managers' training delivery decisions.  Positive impacts could be enhanced by further leveraging employee health and safety knowledge and skills.  NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) awardees co-authored this article.  One of the authors is The New England Consortium's (TNEC) Principal Investigator Craig Slatin.


   We also would like to thank the Manager's in the New England region who participated in the study. 



2015/16 OSHA Courses at UMass Lowell/The New England Consortium
   UMass Lowell/The New England Consortium (TNEC) will be hosting OSHA courses at their training center in Lowell, MA. OSHA Standards for Construction (510), Trainer Course in OSHA Standards (500) and Disaster Site Worker Train-the-Trainer (5600) courses will be taught. 

   To register for the courses preregister through the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Keene State College. OSHA Standards for Construction will be held on November 30 through December 3, 2015. Trainer Course on OSHA Standards for Construction begins on January 19 through January 22, 2016 and Disaster Site Worker Train-the-Trainer will be begin on May 2 through May 5, 2016.

  TNEC's training center is located at 600 Suffolk Street, Wannalancit Business and Technology Center fifth floor.  Parking and Directions.

NH COSH Holds Annual Members Meeting

L to R Mark MacKenzie, Brian Mitchell and Dennis Martino.
    New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (NH COSH) honored and acknowledged the service to the working people and the citizens of New Hampshire by two outstanding labor leaders. The honorees are Dennis Martino, Associate Professor, Springfield College and Mark MacKenzie, President Emeritus of AFL CIO and current NH COSH President. They were honored for their tireless work to bring about social justice and safe working conditions for the people of New Hampshire. Without their personal support and assistance NH COSH would not exist.

ConnectiCOSH Holds Annual Convention
The Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health (ConnectiCOSH) is an organization of labor, community health and legal people working together to improve health, safety and environmental conditions at work sites and in our communities. 
   ConnectiCOSH recently held it's annual convention.  The day long event included workshops and the Keynote Speaker was Stephen Embry, Attorney at Embry and Neusner who discussed 'The Workers' Compensation Bargain.'   The workshops included: Workplace Assault and Violence, Workers' Rights and Indoor Air Quality.  The event was well attended.


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

26 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