Mike is part of the DEP team that protects the public health by performing over 15,000 lab analyses of contaminants in wastewater, air, soil, hazardous wastes and fish annually. In addition to ensuring clean air and water, MassDEP enforces environmental laws and is responsible for the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills.
Who: Marvin Lewiton, CIH
What: Industrial Safety & Health Inspector
Where: Department of Labor Standards
MOSES: Member since 1999.
Marvin is part of the OSHA On-Site Consultation Program, a free health & safety consulting service provided to small, high-hazard businesses across the state. He explains, “I get enormous personal satisfaction from helping to ensure that workers go home every day, safe from injury or illness. Small employers rarely have the resources to develop health & safety plans; our program provides that support to them.”
Who: Erika Buzby
Where: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
MOSES: Member since 2009.
Erika is responsible for identifying potential bacterial & viral threats to the citizens of Massachusetts. In a specialized environment she works to detect high suspect specimens that require rapid turnaround times and multi-agency responses. She ensures that the spread of infectious disease & harmful agents are identified to control the risk of disease to the public.
For more information on current legislation that would reform the GIC, contact Liz Murphy, legislative director, at (email@example.com) or call with (617.367.2727 ext. 318).
Once again, our healthcare is under attack.
On January 4, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) released a report that included recommendations to increase deductibles, raise prescription drug costs and change the design of healthcare plans for public employees.
The following week, MOSES joined with other public employee unions in pushing to delay the implementation of these recommendations until after the GIC holds a public hearing on the proposed changes. Despite our collective effort, as well as support from House and Senate leadership, on Thursday, January 19, the GIC voted to provide provisional approval for these recommendations. These changes may cost your family hundreds of dollars each year.
Share this image. The chart below shows clearly how cost "sharing" is really cost shifting. Beginning in 2009, public employees have steadily taken on a higher percent of their healthcare costs while the state has steadily decreased its share. In 2016, public employees paid the highest share to date - nearly 28% - of the costs, while the state paid their lowest - 72%. The proposed GIC changes would continue and accelerate these trend lines in the wrong directions.
MOSES members making a difference around the world. Each year, MOSES scientists and engineers donate their time to Engineers without Borders. Here is just a small sampling of the good and important work they do.
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