An Act Extending Safety Protections to Employees of the Executive Branch written testimony sample
To: Chairs Senator Wolf and Representative Conroy
Re: Testimony in Support of SB 877/HB2460 An Act Extending Safety Protections to Employees of the Executive Branch of Commonwealth
Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on behalf of An Act Extending Safety Protections to Employees of the Executive Branch of Commonwealth. As a _________________, I have seen first-hand why this legislation is so important.
Briefly state why you believe it’s needed:
Describe your own experience or other employees – hazards they face, the problem with the lack of OSHA standards.
Briefly describe how the state will benefit:
OSHA standards work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the fatality rate for private sector employees has been cut in half since OSHA’s inception in 1970. The overall injury and illness rates have declined in industries where OSHA has concentrated its efforts. A majority of states have already agreed to apply OSHA standards voluntarily to their state and municipal employees.
The state will save lives and money. Each year, Massachusetts taxpayers spend more than $48 million in workers’ compensation costs for injuries and illnesses for state employees alone. Massachusetts will save millions of dollars – or even tens of millions of dollars – in workers’ compensation and related sick leave costs by adopting OSHA standards. If an OSHA-compliant safety plan prevented just one accident in ten, the savings for state agencies would exceed $5 million per year
What you want:
Again, I thank you for your consideration and hope that you report this bill out favorably in order to make our public employees safer and healthier - at least to the same level as private sector employees.