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OSHA and ISEA to work together to improve workplace safety

New Jersey employers and employees may be interested to learn that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the International Safety Equipment Association made a formal agreement to improve workplace safety across the county on June 21. The alliance between the two will last for two years.

Under the alliance, OSHA will help ISEA educate both workers and employers about personal protective equipment. This will include helping employers and workers with choosing, maintaining and storing the equipment through educational materials. OSHA personnel will also share information with health professionals and industry safety professionals in order to develop a national consensus regarding standards for personal protective equipment. This will be done through seminars, lectures and workshops. Finally, OSHA agreed to speak or appear at ISEA conferences and other associated events.

On the flip side, ISEA made a number of agreements to help advance workplace safety across the nation. ISEA agreed to share OSHA's mission, such as the National Emphasis Programs, and any opportunities to be involved in the rulemaking process that may arise. The association will also share information regarding the health laws and standards in addition to the rights and responsibilities that both workers and employers have. Finally, ISEA will work to find innovative solutions to workplace safety and health issues through the use of personal protective equipment.

Although employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace and the proper safety equipment to keep workers safe, injuries can still occur. In some cases, the injuries may have occurred due to an OSHA violation, meaning that the injury was due to the employer's negligence and failure to follow the laws. An employment law attorney may help the injured worker file a workers compensation claim to cover medical expenses and potentially a portion of the worker's wages if he or she cannot work due to the injuries.

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