BOSTON – Forty-seven years after OSHA was established, Massachusetts legislators have voted to extend workplace health and safety protections to state employees.
“Public sector employees should never be considered second-class citizens when it comes to public safety, and this legislation ensures their protection in the workplace,” said Rep. Brad Hill (R-Ipswich) who voted to support the change.
The vote passed the house today 151-0 after passing the senate earlier this month.
In the upper house, Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) tabled two amendments Oct. 4 relating to reporting concerns and quasi-state agencies.
When the federal Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) was set up in 1970, state legislatures were given the option of opting out.
“This legislation will extend important protections for public…