Employers in New Jersey and across the United States each have a duty of care to provide their employees with a safe work environment. A critical aspect of a safe work environment is being able to alert employees should a situation arise. Communicating effectively with employees has its challenges. Employers with a large number of employees or a large workplace might find it difficult to reach everyone in a sufficient time frame.
As craft brewing has become an increasingly popular industry and hobby in New Jersey and across the country, brewery workers may face increased risk on the jobs. There are certain types of risks that can be particularly common at craft breweries, especially those started by beer hobbyists who have started to make their craft into a profitable business. Business owners have a responsibility to follow federal workplace safety guidelines; when they fail to do so, workers could face serious injuries due to accidents.
New Jersey workers may face serious safety risks on the job, especially if they operate heavy machinery. Federal standards for workplace safety are issued and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has announced a three-month period of outreach and education in workplaces across the country for a National Emphasis Program that will focus on the risk of amputation to limbs or fingers for factory workers. The 2019-2020 initiative comes five years after the last OSHA program focusing on amputations in 2015.
New Jersey workers, regardless of their industry, can be the victims of excessive noise exposure. OSHA actually has a permissible exposure limit in place as a way to regulate noise exposure, but employers must do their part by setting up a hearing conservation program. As part of this program, employers must train employees on monitoring noise levels and provide them with the right hearing protection devices.
Companies are expected to keep employees safe from workplace hazards. Lockout/tagout procedures, for example, protect employees from the unexpected startup of machines, and machine guarding can keep workers' extremities from being caught or cut by machinery. Some companies fall afoul of OSHA by not incorporating these safety measures, and one such company in New Jersey has been fined three times now by the safety organization.
Controlling traffic flow in work zones can be a dangerous occupation. Flaggers in New Jersey should know that there were 132 people who died in roadway work zones in 2017. They were all killed in car crashes, usually involving a driver who was speeding or being aggressive.
Representatives of Honeywell Industrial Safety have laid out the five leading safety hazards for construction workers during the summer. Employees and employers alike in New Jersey will want to know what these are so that they can address them accordingly.
Miners in New Jersey and elsewhere are more likely to suffer workplace injuries if they work long hours, according to a new study. The study, which was published in the journal BMJ Occupational and Environmental Medicine in April, was conducted by researchers from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration presents a series of regulations and standards to help keep workers in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. safe while on the job. OSHA's NFPA 70E standard is meant to help both employers and workers ensure and improve workplace electrical safety. While some people do attempt to sidestep rules like this, it's generally agreed that proper implementation of the NFPA 70E standard is the better way to go for employers and independent contractors doing electrical work.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the option of heading indoors when temperatures drop in New Jersey. This is why businesses that employ outdoor workers are encouraged to take extra steps to ensure safety during winter. Employers should be certain that company vehicles are well-maintained, fall protection systems are set up for tasks involving heights and appropriate personal protective equipment is provided.