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.
When the winter snows come and workers go out for the task of removal, new injury risks emerge. Workers in New Jersey should know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has some tips on how to avoid the hazards of snow removal.
Though no job can be considered 100 percent safe from workplace accidents, New Jersey workers know that some jobs are just naturally more dangerous than others. When workplace safety is a concern, New Jerseyites may want to avoid jobs in the timber industry as logging is the most dangerous occupation in the United States.
Sodexo, the facility management company, has launched an initiative called Ambition 2025 in the effort to improve employees' quality of life. This means making systematic changes, so it's no surprise that the North American branch discussed what those changes would be during the 2017 Safety Leadership Conference in Atlanta. Its goal of creating a "zero harm mindset" in its employees is something that many business owners in New Jersey may be able to imitate.
Many New Jersey residents have seen changes in what is required when finding suitable employment. People are becoming part of the gig economy. This umbrella term describes work that is done on a piecework basis. Instead of hourly pay or a yearly salary, those in the gig economy get paid per job that they do.