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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*Webinar* How Addiction Works in the Brain

In this webinar, Jay Cary of Modern Assistance Programs will walk viewers through his dramatic presentation on substance addiction and how it can affect the brain of the user. During this training we will learn about the Limbic system, (pleasure circuit) of the brain and its role in addiction. We will discuss the development of the “disease model “and some of the key experiments early on in addiction research. We will discuss how these experiments helped to shift scientific opinion away from seeing addiction as strictly a behavioral issue and more towards being an actual disease of the brain.

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

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

Mental Health: Eliminating the Stigma

Modern Assistance Programs (MAP) is a major employee assistance program for many of the local building trades.  Join them for a presentation on the stigma of mental health disorders and how they could be better handled in the construction industry.

During this training, we will learn how to define mental health disorders. We will talk about how to spot these signs and symptoms in other individuals and ourselves, and the next course of action. We will also talk about stress and if untreated, how it can develop into more serious issues. We will talk about coping skills and self-care techniques we can use when stress arises. The goal of this training is to obtain a better understanding of mental health diagnoses, and how to utilize the correct resources.

How Addiction Works in the Brain w/ Modern Assistance Programs

Jay Cary of Modern Assistance Programs will walk attendees through his dramatic presentation on substance addiction and how it can affect the brain of the user. During this training we will learn about the Limbic system, (pleasure circuit) of the brain and its role in addiction. We will discuss the development of the “disease model “and some of the key experiments early on in addiction research. We will discuss how these experiments helped to shift scientific opinion away from seeing addiction as strictly a behavioral issue and more towards being an actual disease of the brain.

Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors

Contractors Risk Management (CRM) is a premier safety consulting firm working with construction employers throughout New England. The Reasonable Suspicion Training covers all required elements for commercial driver supervisors under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. In addition, this training ensures that all persons designated to supervise employees will receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and receive at least an additional 60 minutes of training on controlled substances use.

The training will be used by the supervisors to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to intervene with an employee who appears to be actively under the influence. The training includes the physical, behavioral, speech, and performance indicators of probable alcohol misuse and use of controlled substances. Recurrent training for supervisory personnel is not required. We include several real interactive scenarios where the student learns how outside influences can affect a person’s demeanor, examples include but are not limited to; Low sugar reaction for the diabetic, prescription drug and over the counter drugs with interacting on each other. And of course, the “in your face situation where evidence of alcohol or drugs is visibly present.

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