From 2009 to 2017, OSHA had a policy where it would issue a press release identifying those companies that commit a serious enough violation of its workplace safety standards. It was hoped that the press releases would educate other employers and deter them from making the same errors. New Jersey residents may wonder if the policy, which was discontinued by President Trump in 2017, was ever effective.
All employers in New Jersey are required to have workers' compensation insurance so that workers who are injured on the job can file for benefits under the workers' compensation program. The benefits themselves may vary based on the extent of the injuries; the following is just an overview of what they may cover.
Contractors in New Jersey must contend with many safety issues at their job sites. A survey of contractors published by Dodge Data & Analytics highlights the substantial amount of safety training conducted by construction site supervisors. The majority of companies, at 73%, responded that the responsibility of training onsite workers about safety fell to supervisors.
Construction workers in New Jersey may be interested in the new recommendations set forth by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH. The recommendations are designed to reduce exposure to dust, gases and other contaminants that may affect construction workers and building occupants.
Warehouse owners in New Jersey should be aware that 35% of all injuries that arise in warehouses are ergonomic injuries. It can be difficult to instruct employees on how to avoid such injuries. Classroom training can only go so far, and much of the material could be forgotten after a single week. Applying a standard indiscriminately can fail to take an employee's individual movements into account.
The New Jersey Department of Labor is giving privately owned businesses throughout the state the chance to undergo a free evaluation through its Occupational Safety and Health On-Site Consultation Program. There are nearly 275,000 such businesses in New Jersey that can take advantage of this so that their job site is clear of any safety or health hazards.
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.