A study has connected exposure to high pesticide levels with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. New Jersey residents should know that the study involved 7,557 Japanese-American men who participated in another study called the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program. This program lasted from 1965 to 1999. Researchers combined this with data from OSHA to determine pesticide exposure levels.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 882,730 occupational injuries and illnesses in 2017 that resulted in lost days at work. Other negative consequences of New Jersey workplace injuries and illnesses include lost productivity as well as workers' compensation claims. All of these things could result in lost money for companies in any sector of the economy.
Individuals in New Jersey and throughout the country are exposed to radiation when they use a microwave or talk on a cellphone. However, this is different than the short-wave radiation that doctors and others are exposed to each day while on the job. Over time, individuals could become vulnerable to cancer or other health issues either while on the job or many years after they have stopped working.
The Environmental Protection Agency has implemented a new rule that requires hazardous waste containers to be labeled with the words "hazardous waste." Furthermore, containers in New Jersey and other states must state the type of hazards that the materials may pose as well as how long they have been accumulating. This rule generally applies to drip pads, containment buildings and tanks used to hold such waste.
Employers in New Jersey may have heard that the city of Newark has some of the highest levels of lead in its drinking water. Officials are even giving out bottled water to residents. Of course, any level of lead in water is dangerous to one's health, affecting brain development, fertility and the functioning of the heart and kidneys. Employers must be careful, then, that they are not exposing their workers to lead.
New Jersey workers might be interested to learn that workplaces with bosses who bully employees tend to experience more on-the-job injuries, according to a recent study. Researchers found that this may be because employees are more likely to make decisions that benefit a bullying boss rather than the group. This can potentially cause hazardous conditions for others.
Nurses in New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. are frequently exposed to health and safety risks. However, there are ways they can minimize their risks for potentially life-threatening injuries. The following tips were collected by a panel of experts and presented by NurseZone.
The construction industry faces five hazards in particular whenever summer comes around. Both employees and employers in New Jersey will want to know what these are and what can be done to prevent them from causing injury. The first is fatigue. Workers do not make sound judgments or react quickly to dangers when fatigued. The second is heat-related illness, which ranges from heat rash to heat stroke.
Workplace fatigue is a serious and growing problem in New Jersey and around the country, and it is thought to cost U.S. employers more than $136 billion each year in lost productivity and increased health care costs. Workers who are too tired to perform their duties effectively are far more likely to be injured on the job, and some of the most deadly workplace accidents, such as the disasters at the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear plants, were caused in part by fatigue.
Healthcare workers in New Jersey and across the U.S. run a higher risk for musculoskeletal disorders than workers in other industries. However, there is a safety program that could help reduce these injuries in the healthcare industry. Called a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility program, it was brought up during the 2019 conference of the American Society of Safety Professionals.