Employers in New Jersey that adopt proactive strategies to limit worker injuries and illnesses have much to gain. They might increase productivity while reducing the costs associated with treating injured workers. The Total Worker Health concept promoted by the National Institute for Occupational Health encourages employers to take a holistic view of workplace safety needs.
Regardless of their industry, New Jersey employers have a duty to provide a safe environment for their employees. There are several keys to a safe workplace, and they include clean indoor air, ergonomic designs and continual training on how to identify and address hazards.
Under ideal circumstances, employers and workers in New Jersey cooperate to maintain safe working environments. Because workers are often the first people to notice dangerous conditions, the law recognizes that they need protection when reporting problems.
Thousands of New Jersey workers face significant job-related hazards each day. Many of these hazards occur in traditionally dangerous industries, such as construction and agriculture. However, statistics show that people working in industries that are generally considered safe, such as health care, retail and transportation, also face considerable on-the-job risks.
Many business owners in New Jersey might not be aware that their workers are being put at risk because of a lack of safety guidelines. A fast-paced work environment and looming deadlines can even make some employers nonchalant about their workers' safety. When workers sense this, it can lead to low morale, high turnover rates and low productivity.
People in New Jersey who work in auto body shops should be aware that hazard communication and respiratory protection are the two main reasons the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issue citations to their facilities. Respiratory protection and hazard communication were to the two most frequently cited violations from October 2016 to September 2017.
The construction industry is an incredibly important industry, but just because it is vital, vibrant and financially successful does not mean it is without it's faults. The most prominent of these faults is the safety of workers in the construction industry. It may be an inherent part of the construction process, but nonetheless, the people who work on construction sites are almost always in a dangerous situation -- even when nothing goes wrong.
In a recent release, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration director says construction workers can only be protected from severe or fatal workplace injuries when employers establish and follow effective safety protocols. They must then maintain them by providing adequate training. The agency referred to a fatal construction accident last August, blaming employer negligence for the incident. The accident occurred at a construction site of a New Jersey-based company in a neighboring state.
Employers in all industries in New Jersey must comply with the regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to protect workers. One section of safety rules covers confined spaces, which are dangerous areas with limited space to enter and exit and could pose asphyxiation hazards due to potentially toxic fume presence or a lack of oxygen. Nobody may enter this type of unsafe working environment without a special permit, and when they do, special safety precautions must be in place.
Business owners are responsible for the health and safety of their employees, regardless of the industry in which they operate. Some dangers, such as electrical hazards exist in all industries, and employers must provide the necessary safety training to prevent employees from receiving electrical shocks. One such an industrial accident recently claimed the life of a New Jersey man.