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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eye safety can be a major concern for workers in construction, mining and other New Jersey industries that pose a risk of exposure to dangerous materials. However, eye protection and safety can also be important for workers behind a desk in an office. Since injuries that affect vision can be particularly expensive and personally devastating, it should be a priority to protect eye safety in the workplace.
Residents of New Jersey should know about the dangers of working outdoors during the winter. Among the most common conditions that outdoor workers suffer from is cold stress. This occurs when the skin temperature and, eventually, internal temperature drops to the point that the body can no longer warm itself. Cold stress can lead to permanent tissue damage and even death.
Working women in New Jersey may have a higher chance of sustaining an injury on the job if they suffer from anxiety, fatigue or depression. This is according to a study conducted by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health's Center for Health. The study also found that while men had an increased risk of being injured at work, only the women's risk of workplace injury was impacted by mental health factors.