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Part of OSHA rule may be reversed

Workers in New Jersey may be interested to learn that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is canceling a rule that would have required employers with at least 250 workers to submit illness and injury information from Forms 300 and 301 electronically. According to the Department of Labor, the reversal of the rule will alleviate the burdens the employers experience when trying to comply with the requirements and will keep information that is personally identifiable private.

ICOH study reassesses number of asbestos-related deaths

There are probably many people in New Jersey who work in conditions where they can be exposed to asbestos. Several international organizations have estimated that 105,000 to 110,000 deaths are caused every year by this toxic mineral. However, a recent study from the International Commission of Occupational Health shows that the actual number may be twice as high.

USDA may speed up meat processing despite worker dangers

Meat workers in New Jersey and across the nation face serious on-the-job risks every day. For example, amputations, fractures, head trauma and second-degree burns are common weekly occurrences in the industry. Even so, the government is considering speeding up pig processing lines, which could make some jobs more hazardous.

Heat can be a workplace safety danger

Workers in New Jersey may face increasingly difficult and dangerous conditions on the job as the summer deepens. Heat stress can be the cause of multiple injuries and illnesses caused by an excessively hot workplace. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration recognizes the threat caused by heat; while there are no formal regulations governing heat stress and heat exposure on the job, the agency has conducted an extensive awareness campaign promoting employer use of preventive technologies to help avoid the dangers posed by heat.

NSC warns against slip, trip and fall hazards

Employers, property owners and employees alike in New Jersey will want to know what the National Safety Council has to say about one of the most common hazards in the workplace: slip, trip and fall hazards. According to the chartbook that the NSC produced in 2017, 660 workers died in 2014 after falling from a height, and 138 died after a fall on the same level.

OSHA focused on educating contractors about new silica rules

Building contractors in New Jersey have an obligation to measure their workers' exposure to silica and adopt methods that protect them from breathing harmful dust. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated regulations about silica dust in March 2016 by reducing acceptable exposure limits by 80 percent. Since September 2017, the new safety standards have been in effect. OSHA inspectors have not issued many citations yet as industry players seek clarification and guidance from the agency when they need to apply the rules to specific situations.

Preventing warehouse injuries

With the increasing popularity of online shopping sites, the demand for warehouse workers in New Jersey and elsewhere is on the rise. The downside to this employment surge is that warehouses can be dangerous environments for workers. However, worker injuries and deaths can be avoided if warehouse management follows proper safety regulations.

How employers can create a safety-minded culture

A safety-minded culture is essential for business owners in New Jersey as anywhere else in the U.S. Workplace injuries are still all too common. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that more than 2,000 workers incur eye injuries every day. With these injuries come increased workers' compensation costs, higher medical expenses and higher turnover rates. Employee morale will plummet as will productivity.

Collision repair shops and OSHA citations

New Jersey residents who work in collision repair facilities are at the most risk from respiratory protection and hazard communications. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the two standards that were most frequently cited from October 2016 to September 2017 were respiratory protection and hazard communication.

What employers can do about pinch points

Employers in New Jersey, regardless of the industry they specialize in, will want to make sure their workers are protected from pinch points. These are points in machinery where it's possible for workers to get caught: they could be between two moving parts, between a moving part and a stationary part, or between a material and some part of the machine. Many workers are injured by having fingers, feet, loose clothing, and hair caught in these pinch points.

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