Debra Coyle

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Murphy’s Turn to Fix the Sickening Conditions of N.J.’s Urban Schools

Entire school districts are shutting down due to mold contamination and fears of asbestos exposure. Students are unable to drink from water fountains due to worries about high lead levels. Classroom temperatures reach triple digits in the spring and are freezing cold in the winter. A middle school shut down for months because of [...]

By | 2018-02-12T11:54:57+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|0 Comments

Job Posting: Freelance Writer

Free-lance writer for monthly labor union magazine The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) seeks a free-lance writer to conceptualize, research and compose ten 1,000-word byline articles a year on school health and safety issues for the New Jersey Education Association’s NJEA Review. You will be expected to spend approximately 12 hours per article. Pay [...]

By | 2018-01-17T11:22:34+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Highlights, Job Postings|0 Comments

Webinar: Introduction to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard

For the last two years, the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) 1910.1200 is the second most cited standard on OSHA’s Top 10 list of violations. The sections within the HazCom standard most often violated include implementation of a HazCom program and training, followed by the requirement to maintain Safety Data Sheets. In 2012, the HazCom [...]

By | 2018-01-12T10:05:05+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Highlights, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who Tracks the Railroads?

WEC released Who Tracks the Railroads? The Case for Transparency on Rail Bridges, a whitepaper documenting the need for rail companies to release basic information on the safety of our freight bridges. Freight rail bridges, some more than 100 years old, cross over waterways such as the Passaic, Delaware and Manasquan Rivers, as [...]

By | 2017-12-07T15:51:36+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

Many Poor Schools in New Jersey are Overcrowded

Two-thirds of low-income school districts in New Jersey don't have adequate space to serve their students, according to a report by the NJ Department of Education (DOE). "The report makes clear the enormous unmet needs in the SDA districts, and the continued failure of the current administration to address overcrowding and educational adequacy," said Jerell [...]

By | 2017-12-06T17:32:39+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Training Program: Preventing Exposure to Workplace Chemcials

You're invited to attend the NJ Work Environment Council TRAINING PROGRAM: PREVENTING EXPOSURE TO WORKPLACE CHEMICALS With a presentation by an OSHA Area Office representative When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (8:30 AM Registration) Location: NJ Work Environment Council, 7 Dunmore Avenue, Ewing, NJ 08618 Register Here Are you aware [...]

By | 2017-11-03T10:44:46+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

Climate Change in New Jersey? It’s Here

Climate change is happening in New Jersey, and some of its impacts are already occurring: warmer summers, more days of extreme rainfalls, and increased frequency and intensity of floods due to rising sea levels. Hoping to kick off a statewide dialogue to fashion a comprehensive strategy for climate-change policy, Rutgers University [...]

By | 2017-09-28T11:06:23+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Health & Safety During Disaster Recovery

As we approach the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we belong to an unlucky club of communities that have the unique perspective of knowing the devastation and horror that our Texas and Louisiana friends and family are experiencing right now from Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, membership in the club is growing and we expect it [...]

By | 2017-09-01T15:02:15+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

Hurricane Harvey: More Destruction with Chemical Plant Explosion

On August 31, there were two explosions at the flooded Arkema Inc. chemical plant near Houston, which was inundated with 40+ inches of rain. At least 12 emergency responders were affected by the smoke and some were taken to the hospital. The plant manufactures organic peroxides commonly used in everyday products like kitchen countertops, [...]

By | 2017-08-31T17:12:38+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Highlights|2 Comments