Preventing Injury, Pain, and Opioid Use in the Workplace

Program Overview 

Work plays a central role in the lives of most adults, and can be a pathway to health, recovery, and sometimes, addiction. High stress, heavy lifting, and repetitive motion and lack of clear safety protocols are examples of conditions that can cause injury, illness, or pain. Over the past decade, Massachusetts workers have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic; this training, facilitated by Health Resources in Action, is meant to support employers and employees of industries with high rates of injury (i.e. transportation and warehousing, restaurants, construction, etc.) in preventing workplace injury, pain and opioid use. This program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program.   

Training Calendar 

Employer Training 

This one-hour webinar for employers will describe how workplace conditions may lead to injury, pain, and opioid use, explore strategies to create a work environment that will help prevent opioid use and addiction, and identify workplace strategies that support treatment and recovery.  

  • Tuesday, April 13 from 3-4pm – REGISTER 
  • Thursday, April 22 from 10-11am – REGISTER 
  • Thursday, April 29 from 12-1pm – REGISTER 
  • Wednesday, May 5 from 2-3pm – REGISTER 

Employee Training 

This two-hour, interactive training will engage workers in high-risk industries in conversations about workplace hazards and the connections between injury, pain, and opioid use. Participants will learn about how they can support colleagues through pain, injury and addiction, and also about laws and protections available to support a safe and healthy workplace. Participants (employees of the transportation and warehousing, restaurants, construction, and other high-risk industries) will be compensated $100.00 to attend and take pre-post training surveys. Participants will have an opportunity for an additional $100.00 to participate in follow-up focus groups. 

Training Focus Group Discussions
Tuesday, 5/11 from 1-3pm – REGISTER Wednesday, 5/12 from 12-1pm Sign-up HERE
Wednesday, 5/19 from 6-8pm – REGISTER Thursday, 5/20 from 4-5pm – SIGN UP HERE
Tuesday, 5/25 from 6-8pm – REGISTER Wednesday, 5/26 from 4-5pm – SIGN UP HERE

Participants (employees of the transportation and warehousing, restaurants, construction, and other high-risk industries) will be compensated $100.00 to attend and take pre-post training surveys. Participants will have an opportunity for an additional $100.00 to participate in follow-up focus groups. Focus groups limited to first 7 people who sign-up.

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