Workplace hazards in New Jersey vary by industry, but other factors like worker age, ethnicity and workplace violence contribute to deaths on the job. A 2018 report published by the AFL-CIO revealed that 5,190 people died at work in 2016.
OSHA is partnering with NIOSH and the Center for Construction Research and Training to hold a stand-down event from May 7 to May 11. The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will aim to educate employers and workers alike about the danger of fall accidents. Companies of all sizes are encouraged to participate, and there is no standard way in which employers are required to conduct their event.
Workers in New Jersey exposed to loud job environments could have more than hearing loss to worry about. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a study that has associated long-term exposure to loud noise on job sites with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. These conditions represent the primary risk factors for heart disease, a leading cause of death in the United States.
For workers on the job in New Jersey, eye safety can be a particularly important task when working with hazardous materials or in dangerous locations. Eye protection can be important in all kinds of jobs, including in traditional desk-based office work. Dealing with eye safety should be a priority in the workplace; accidents and injuries that involve the eyes can be especially devastating and costly.
New Jersey workers in the entertainment industry may be interested in learning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed a partnership focused on improving safety for those employed on theater and movie sets. A five-year alliance with the International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees (IATSE) and the United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT) was set to expire later this year but has now been extended through 2023.
In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, former Occupational Safety and Health Administration head David Michaels outlined his belief on why voluntary compliance programs don't have the same results as standard enforcement measures. According to Michaels, compliance assistance programs are useful for companies that are proactively seeking to protect their employees from hazardous working conditions, but the result is no substitute for vigorous, fair regulation enforcement.
Employees in New Jersey and across the country may be concerned about the potential dangers of exposure and inhalation of respirable crystalline silica. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a fact sheet that aims to encourage compliance with its standards on exposure to the mineral product. Employers are mandated to take action to protect employees from silica exposure, including assessing the potential for exposure in the workplace, providing training and establishing clear plans in case of exposure.
New fines have been put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for violations of the crystalline silica standard that became law in 2013. Constructions workers in New Jersey who cut, sand, saw or drill concrete or brick materials must follow safety protocols to avoid dangerous levels of exposure to health-harming silica dust.
New Jersey paramedics have plenty to be concerned about when it comes to fatigue on the job. Because a major part of EMS work can involve vehicle operation in emergency situations, the impact can be catastrophic. The potential for serious accidents and injuries due to fatigue has inspired a collaboration between the National Association of State EMS Officials and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to develop guidelines that can reduce the likelihood of this.
A yearlong analysis of existing programs dedicated to worker safety in the U.S. has resulted in a call from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to reconfigure existing information systems to create safer working conditions in a changing economy. Analysts say that the study illustrates a need for improved health surveillance systems as well as better tracking and monitoring of occupational injuries. Experts are also calling for a systemic sharing of information between agencies.