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EH&S Roundtable Resource Library

The following is a summary of past EH&S Roundtable topics, along with links to some of the resources that were provided:

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Fire Inspection Process—October 2008

Public Fire and Life Safety Educator and Fire Fighter Timothy Kelly gave a brief overview of the Devens Fire Department and some of the services they offer and how the department’s business inspection program works.  This inspection program provides a very important service to the businesses and community at large. This forum was valuable for businesses in Devens as well as those in other communities to learn what steps they could take to make their facility safer for employees and visitors.  The following forms and

information may be useful to your organization to help with ensuring your facilities are compliant with Fire Safety requirements:


About Fire Inspections

EMS Contact Sheet

Fire Inspection Report Form


Fire Safety and Employee Education Contact:

Timothy Kelly, Public Fire & Life Safety Educator

Devens Fire Dept., 182 Jackson Road, Devens 978-772-4600 or

Zero Waste Strategies—July 18, 2008

This session included conversation about why companies do or don’t recycle and what services are needed to divert more materials from the landfill. The group also finalized and prioritized topics for upcoming EHS Roundtables and had time for open dialogue.

OSHA Update—Sept. 2008

Walter Cienaski, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist provided a brief overview of OSHA, how inspections are conducted, and the

various types of violations and priority of inspections. There was also a review of the Regional and Area office activities, related statistics, and the most frequently cited standards, including the new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standard. Additionally, Mr. Cienaski shared information and materials pertaining to national, regional, and local emphasis programs. Check out the following resources:


OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs

Crane Safety—November 2008

Scott Harding from Mass Crane & Hoist reviewed related OSHA regulations and spoke on crane safety as it relates to day to day operations .  Scott is involved in the training of Massachusetts crane inspectors.  Chris Francis, a Senior EHS Specialist with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) also spoke about the standard operating procedures that

BMS follows as the company develops their 88-acre site in Devens and prepares for operations.  Chris provided attendees with a sample pre-operation safety checklist for lifts, hoists, slings and cranes.  Here are some of the resources provided at the meeting:


Pre-Operational Safety Checklist

Crane Inspection Services

Crane Safety Institute

Snow and Ice Treatment— December 12, 2008

Ironically, this Roundtable was cancelled due to snow and ice but there were some valuable resources that interested individuals may still find useful. These resources will also be discussed at the January 16 EHS Roundtable on Stormwater Management :


Ice Ban Information

Mass Highway Department

Devens De-icing & Snow Stockpiling—Article IX D5.

Stormwater Management—January 2009

This interactive discussion centered around the latest in stormwater management practices.  Participants will discussed and shared best practices to minimize the adverse impacts of stormwater.  Devens Enterprise Commission staff gave an overview of Devens Annual Stormwater Reporting Requirements and a representative from the MA DEP provided details on the State’s new storm water management standards.  The Devens Public Works Director was also on hand to talk about their experiences with ICE BAN, a more environmentally friendly deicing agent being used on Devens roadways.  A number of great

resources were provided for attendees, including the following:

Devens Stormwater Reporting Form

Devens Sample Operations and Maintenance Plan

Link to MA DEP Stormwater Management Standards

Fall Protection Strategies—February 2009

Attendees shared, learned, and discussed general and construction industry practices and related OSHA regulations. Experts in these fields facilitated the conversation and provided attendees with a great opportunity to learn how to maximize the safety and protection of their employees.  Click here to view select slides from Ed Bajakian’s presentation on Fall Protection.

Local Emergency Planning— November 20, 2009

Devens' Chief Garrity walked  us through the appropriate steps to take to help ensure that people and product within your facility are protected in the event of a disaster within your building or in the community.


Link to Select Slides from the Presentation

Toxic Chemicals and You—April 2010

Henry Malone, EH&S Manager for Evergreen Solar gave a presentation on Human Risk to Toxic Exposure.  Attendees shared, learned, and discussed strategies towards dealing with toxic materials in the workplaceClick here to view select slides from Henry Malone’s presentation.

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Environmental Health, Safety -- June 2008

Participants shared ideas and resources for specific environmental health and safety issues.  Bob France from Senate Construction identified the Associated General Contractors’ website as a great resource.  The “Bookstore” button on the top left of the page accesses a collection of safety and health resources – CDs, videos, books, more.

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Caution—Big OSHA Fines Ahead! - March 2011

Ed Bajakian of Safety Associates explained the new procedures OSHA is implementing to its administrative penalty calculation system.  Many of the Agency's penalty adjustment factors have been in place since the early 1970s, resulting in fines that OSHA feels are often too low to have an adequate deterrent effect.  Click here to view select slides from Ed’s presentation.

Development Updates and Eglomise Tour—January 2012

DEC Environmental Planner Neil Angus provided attendees with an overview of the current and proposed developments taking place in Devens.  Jere Williams from Eglomise Designs then led participants on a guided tour of their operations in this former army hospital building and showed some of the strategies they implement on a day to day basis to bring their operations to near zero-waste!  To view slides from the Devens Update presentation, including links to resources, click here.

OSHA — May 2013

Dale Varney, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist, was our guest speaker. Mr. Varney has a 24 year career with the Department of Labor and is a valuable resource of information. His presentation included a review of current OSHA regulations, pending changes and agency priorities. He also reviewed accident trends and offered recommendations of how to keep employees safe in the work place. View his presentation.

Red Cross and MassRides — January 2014

We heard from the Red Cross of MA and how they respond to the daily needs of more than 41,000 blood donations. Representatives from MassRides also provided an overview of their free services available to help workers decrease commuting expenses.  Presentation links:

How to Host a Blood Drive

MassRides Program and Benefits

MassRides Free Share Program

OSHA Update — February 2015

Participants heard from Dale Varney, Compliance Assistance Specialist, who reviewed the department's activities, new OSHA reporting requirements, how OSHA selects worksites to inspect, local emphasis programs (LEP’s) and national emphasis programs (NEP’s).  Dale provided an overview of the Update to Recordkeeping Rule.

Fire Safety Code Review—March 2015

Participants heard from David Beaudin from the MA Department of Fire Services Fires Safety Division about the recent revisions to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00). New requirements pertain to fire alarms, suppression systems, and hazardous waste management.  View the full presentation.

Environmental Regulations Review – April 2015

Roundtable attendees received an update from the Regional Section Chief, Compliance and Enforcement, Bureau of Air and Waste, on DEP regulations for water discharges, air emissions, solid and hazardous wastes, toxic chemicals, etc., and address how firms should operate to minimize environment and human health impacts.  View the full presentation

Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program provides data and insights to common causes of fatal injuries incurred on the job and recommendations of how to minimize risks for workers. This information and other workplace safety and health topics referenced here can be used to develop and strengthen environmental, health and safety procedures.