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.
Workers at McDonald's restaurants in New Jersey and around the country are often confronted with violent situations while on the job. After studying working conditions at McDonald's restaurants over the past three years, the National Employment Law Project found 721 media reports of violent altercations. Unfortunately, many more incidents are not reported in the media. The New York-based nonprofit group says that most of these incidents involve individuals brandishing guns.
As part of Workers' Memorial Week (April 22 to 29), the AFL-CIO called attention to several deadly trends in a report entitled, "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect." Employers in New Jersey may want to think about any areas where they may be neglecting the health and safety of their employees. They are also encouraged to go online and take the National Safety Council's Safe at Work Pledge.
Government safety regulators have issued a fall prevention fact sheet to support construction companies participating in the sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Falls from roofs, ladders and scaffolds injure New Jersey workers every year. Over 300 construction workers around the country on average lose their lives annually because of falls. The fact sheet from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health highlights fall prevention procedures and encourages employers to ensure that all workers receive proper safety training.
When people in New Jersey think about on-the-job hazards to eyes, they might imagine the risks faced by welders, construction workers or people who handle caustic chemicals. Although such occupations create risky conditions that result in thousands of eye injuries every year, people working on computers could experience eye injuries as well.