150 Second Stand Down for Recovery at 11:30 AM

Join hundreds of employers and thousands of union members for an industry-wide stand down to raise awareness about substance abuse and recovery.

In Massachusetts, 150 out of every 100,000 construction workers die an opioid-related death.  Construction workers are 6x more likely to suffer an opioid-related death than all other workers.

Join our members, sponsors, and supporters as we conduct a 150 second (2.5 minute) stand down at 11:30 AM on Friday May 3rd, 2019.  We ask that everyone pause work and observe a moment of silence as we reflect about the ongoing opioid epidemic and raise awareness for those struggling with addiction or in recovery.

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Recovery on a Local and National Level

Join BTEA for a reception to help close out Building Trades Recovery Week. Featuring a distinguished group of speakers as they discuss various initiatives both locally and nationally that they are using to address substance abuse issues.

Speaker Panel

  • Congressman Stephen F. Lynch – U.S. House of Representatives
  • John McGahan – The Gavin Foundation
  • Jim Wahlberg – Mark Wahlberg’s Youth Foundation and Wahl St. Productions
  • Timothy Irving – OSHA/USDOL

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NARCAN Training with the Boston Public Health Commission

The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Boston.

They will present a Narcan training educating attendees on overdose prevention. The training includes:

  • Background information surrounding the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and Boston
  • Factors that increase an individual’s risk for overdose
  • How to identify the signs and symptoms of overdose
  • The protocol for responding to an overdose (including the Good Samaritan Law and administering nasal naloxone)
  • How to access and obtain naloxone (Narcan)
  • Referral to services for risk reduction and access to treatment

NARCAN Training with the Boston Public Health Commission

The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Boston.

They will present a Narcan training educating attendees on overdose prevention. The training includes:

  • Background information surrounding the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and Boston
  • Factors that increase an individual’s risk for overdose
  • How to identify the signs and symptoms of overdose
  • The protocol for responding to an overdose (including the Good Samaritan Law and administering nasal naloxone)
  • How to access and obtain naloxone (Narcan)
  • Referral to services for risk reduction and access to treatment

Labor Management Panel on Substance Abuse and Recovery

The Labor Management Panel will present some ongoing best practices across the industry about how to proactively manage and support individuals in recovery.  Come learn how BTEA Member, Dave Argus of Karas & Karas Glass and Shawn Nehiley of Ironworkers Local #7 help those in recovery get back on their feet and get back to work while staying sober. In addition, Jim Morgan, President of Worcester Air will discuss the benefits of utilizing a drug testing program and what he does as an employer to keep track of his employee’s health, and how it has benefited his company and his industry.

Please join us to learn effective tools labor and management are using to help during this epidemic.

Webinar – High Times: Navigating a Drug Free Workplace in the Age of Recreational Marijuana

During this one-hour webinar, Attorney Philip Siegel of Hendricks, Phillips, Salzman, & Siegel P.C. will provide a broad overview of the various medical marijuana use laws around the country with a focus on recent changes in Massachusetts.  We will discuss the various protections such medical marijuana use laws may provide to employees, and we will provide a roadmap on how to navigate through the difficult issues which arise with an employee using medical marijuana.  We will discuss what an employer can and cannot do without running afoul of the Americans with Disability Act or state disability discrimination laws when it learns an employee is a registered medical marijuana user.  Lastly, we will spend some time discussing how some post-accident drug testing policies may be in violation of OSHA’s anti-retaliation rule, which went into effect last year.

 

Please register directly through this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2418682986060227596

Employer Opioid Survey w/ National Safety Council

The National Safety Council (NSC) is a leading voice advocating for safety in the workplace.  Join NSC as they present their new comprehensive employer survey on opioids. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own experiences in the construction industry as it relates to the national trends presented.

More than 100 people die every day from opioid overdoses, and 75% of employers say their workplaces have been impacted by opioid use, according to a National Safety Council poll. Only 17% of employers feel well-prepared to deal with the issue.

  • 38% have experienced absenteeism or impaired worker performance
  • 31% have had an overdose, arrest, near-miss or injury because of employee opioid use

For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, according to NSC calculations. In fact, workplace overdose deaths involving drugs or alcohol have increased by at least 25% for five consecutive years. Come learn about this ongoing issue.

Building Trades Recovery Week Kickoff Event

Join the Building Trades Employers’ Association at IBEW Local 103 to kick off Building Trades Recovery Week.  This event is a dinner reception featuring a roster of leading voices from the construction industry and all across the spectrum of addiction care. We will also feature a dual keynote by Mayor Marty Walsh and hear about Chris Herren’s experience as a leading advocate for substance abuse treatment and recovery.

Speakers:

  • Thomas S. Gunning III – Opening Remarks
  • John Christian – Modern Assistance Programs, Inc.
  • Frank Callahan – Massachusetts Building Trades Council
  • Gregory Acampora, M.D. – MGH/Harvard Addiction Medicine Team
  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh – City of Boston
  • Chris Herren – Herren Talks, Herren Wellness, The Herren Project

Webinar – Guide to Building Trades Recovery Week

Join the staff of the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) as they provide a general overview of the Building Trades Recovery Week.

Associate Executive Director John Ferrante will discuss the ongoing issues with substance abuse including the opioid epidemic and it’s impact on the construction industry. Director of Labor Relations Thomas S. Gunning will provide a basic rundown of the week’s agenda highlighting the various educational opportunities and programs being provided by the BTEA and various sponsors.

 Register directly at this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6914236387338604300