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>> YOURE WATCHING WCVB NEWSCENTER 5 AT 6:00.

EMILY: AS MORE AND MORE MASSACHUSETTS WORKERS HEAD BACK TO THEIR JOBS, 5 INVESTIGATES IS EXAMINING SAFETY COMPLAINTS IN THE WORKPLACE.

BEN: OUR MIKE BEAUDET IS LOOKING INTO CONCERNS THAT OSHA IS FAILING TO PROTECT WORKERS DURING THE PANDEMIC.

MIKE B: THE MISSION OF OSHA, THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, IS CLEAR -- ENSURE SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENFORCE STANDARDS.

THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES FOR ALL -- BUT IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES FOR ALL WORKERS, SOME SAY THE FEDERAL AGENCY ISNT DOING ENOUGH.

MASSACHUSETTS IS REOPENING.

PEOPLE ARE RETURNING TO THEIR JOBS AND HEADING BACK INTO THEIR OFFICES.

ESSENTIAL WORKERS HAVE BEEN ON THE JOB THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC.

5 INVESTIGATES ANALYZED NEARLY 500 COVID-RELATED COMPLAINTS FILED WITH OSHA SINCE MARCH ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS COMPANIES FROM ALL OVER THE STATE.

COMPLAINTS AGAINST HEALTH CARE FACILITIES ARE BY FAR THE BIGGEST CATEGORY.

AT A MAJOR BOSTON HOSPITAL, DISINFECTANT WIPES, ARE LOCKED UP.

AT A NURSING HOME IN FALL RIVER, EMPLOYEES ARE RE-USING POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED GOWNS AND PROVIDED ONLY ONE DISPOSAB N95 MASK, EXPECTED TO LAST FOR THREE WEEKS.

CONSTRUCTION SITES HAVE NO RUNNING WATER TO WASH HANDS, NO SANITIZER.

AT A WAREHOUSE FACILITY, EMPLOYEES ARE HAVING TO GO INTO WORK SICK WITH RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE SICK TIME.

MOST, IF NOT ALL OF THESE COMPLAINTS, CLOSED BY OSHA WITHOUT FORMAL INVESTIGATIONS OR FINES.

>> YEAH, THEYRE TAKING COMPLAINTS AND THEYRE RESPONDING TO COMPLAINTS WITH WHATS CALLED A HAZARD ALERT LETTER.

SO ESSENTIALLY THEYRE TELLING EMPLOYERS, HEY, YOUVE GOT A HAZARD, YOU MIGHT WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THAT.

MIKE B: JODI SUGERMAN-BROZAN OF THE MASSACHUSETTS COALITION FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH SAYS OSHA IS ESSENTIALLY GIVING EMPLOYERS A SLAP ON THE WRIST, SOMETHING SHE SAYS EVEN ONE OSHA

AREA DIRECTOR FROM NEW ENGLAND CONFIRMED.

>> ONE AREA DIRECTOR TOLD US THAT HE HAS NEVER SEEN THEM BE SO LENIENT WITH EMPLOYERS WITH REGARDS TO HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES, AND THAT EVEN IF THEY DID ISSUE AND WANT TO ISSUE A

COMPLAINT, THAT COMPLAINT HAS TO BE APPROVED BY THE NATIONAL OFFICE, WHICH IS NEW ACTION.

THAT HAS NEVER BEEN THE CASE.

MIKE B: OSHA TELLS 5 INVESTIGATES, THE CLAIM THAT OSHA IS LENIENT WITH EMPLOYERS WITH REGARDS TO HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES IS FALSE AND DOES NOT REFLECT THE AGENCYS

ENFORCEMENT POLICIES OR ACTIONS.

THE COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE SPECIALIST IN QUESTION SHARED OSHAS LONG-STANDING, WRITTEN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THAT CLEARLY DEFINE HOW NOVEL CASES ARE HANDLED, INCLUDING

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS.

>> NO HAND SANITIZER.

NO SINKS AVAILABLE.

SPACING FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING.

MIKE B: CHRISTINE PONTUS IS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR HEALTH AND SAFETY AT THE MASSACHUSETTS NURSES ASSOCIATION, THE LARGEST UNION OF REGISTERED NURSES AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN THE

STATE HAS FILED NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS WITH OSHA.

>> IN THE PAST, THEY WOULD GO IN, THEYD ISSUE FINES, THEYD BE BANGING ON THEIR DOORS.

MIKE B: BUT PONTUS SAYS THERE ARE HARD WORKING PEOPLE AT OSHA WHOSE HANDS ARE TIED BY THE FEDERAL AGENCY AND BELIEVES BLAMING OSHA ISNT FAIR.

>> WHY ARE WE BLAMING OSHA FOR WHAT THE HOSPITALS ARENT DOING?

WE NEED TO PUT IT INTO PERSPECTIVE.

WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS THIS?

MIKE B: SUGERMAN-BROZAN SAYS DESPITE CONCERNS ABOUT OSHAS EFFECTIVENESS, WORKER COMPLAINTS CAN BE ADDRESSED.

>> WERE ENCOURAGING WORKERS TO MAKE THAT COMPLAINT JUST FOR HISTORY PURPOSES.

BUT IF YOU WANT TO ENSURE THAT PROTECTION HAPPENS, REACH OUT TO YOUR LOCAL BOARDS OF HEALTH.

MIKE B: ANOTHER RESOURCE, THE MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE WHICH IS TAKING COMPLAINTS ABOUT UNSAFE WORKING CONDITIONS.

THE STATE HAS ALSO ISSUED MANDATORY SAFETY STANDARDS FOR WORKPLACES AS PART OF THE REOPEN

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