Employees' rights to safe work environments are protected in New Jersey at state and federal levels. The Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Program is a state-run program reserved for public sector employees. The private sector workforce has similar protections under the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The agencies are responsible for developing and enforcing occupational safety standards. Many Bergen County employees may not be aware of the rights they have to monitor an employer's safety practices and report violations. For instance, if a worker worries that negligent safety precautions could cause a construction accident, he or she could file a complaint with a New Jersey OSHA office.