The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers in New Jersey and around the country to put hearing conservation programs and administrative controls into place when noise levels in the workplace are likely to reach levels that could damage human hearing. In most industrial situations, putting in ear plugs or wearing earmuffs is all that is needed to provide workers with adequate protection and meet OSHA standards. However, the noise levels in some work environments reach levels high enough to require double hearing protection.
The World Health Organization has called employee burnout a diagnosable condition. New Jersey residents should know that the WHO defines burnout as a feeling of exhaustion coupled with an increasing mental distance from, and negative thoughts about, one's job. It results from ill-managed stress in the workplace and can lead to the inability to discharge one's duties in a professional way.
It's no secret that workers in New Jersey and around the country are getting less and less sleep at night. There are several factors in this, such as the rising use of technologies that keep people up late into the night and the greater incidence of harassment at the workplace. Work-related stress, coupled with job insecurity in some cases, is another reason.
Companies in New Jersey and throughout the country may be able to reduce workers' compensation claims by implementing safety programs. They may also be able to reduce the severity of any claims that are made after they go into effect. Furthermore, companies that have fewer accidents may be able to pay less for a workers' compensation insurance policy. Smaller businesses may benefit more from avoiding claims as even a single accident can significantly increase their rates.
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.