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Preventing Workplace Exposures

California is considering whether an allegedly dangerous chemical found in common paint strippers should be taken off the market. Health authorities there say dozens of people have died from exposure to methylene chloride, which can kill in minutes if inhaled. It's especially dangerous in enclosed spaces. The Environmental Protection Agency is also proposing a [...]

By |2017-12-12T12:03:02-04:00December 12th, 2017|Highlights|Comments Off on Preventing Workplace Exposures

Mystery Toxic Smoke Harmful to Emergency Responders and Residents

In the early hours of Saturday, October 21, a fire broke out at a recyclable plastics storage warehouse, Intercontinental Export Import, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. With outdated safety data sheets, it is unclear what is in the toxic smoke that continues to billow from the building. A list given to the public includes the [...]

By |2017-10-30T15:20:01-04:00October 27th, 2017|Highlights|Comments Off on Mystery Toxic Smoke Harmful to Emergency Responders and Residents

OSHA Rule Change: Hiding Serious Workplace Injuries Now Easier

Congress just made it easier for employers to hide serious workplace injuries from OSHA On March 21, the Senate voted to overturn OSHA’s Volks Rule. The Volks rule restored OSHA’s traditional ability to require employers to maintain accurate records for five years and to be able to use that data to figure out where [...]

By |2017-03-23T17:21:04-04:00March 23rd, 2017|Highlights|Comments Off on OSHA Rule Change: Hiding Serious Workplace Injuries Now Easier

Protect Worker Health and Safety By Opposing the Passage of H.J. Res. 83

Call your US Senators to oppose passage of H.J.Res.83.  As we know, worker health and safety are closely linked to accurate workplace injury and illness data. Better records benefit both employees and employers by allowing each to become more aware of hazards, recognize patterns, and take corrective actions. In short, accurate records help protect workers, [...]

By |2017-03-14T13:38:29-04:00March 14th, 2017|Highlights|Comments Off on Protect Worker Health and Safety By Opposing the Passage of H.J. Res. 83

Exposure to Airborne Silica: OSHA penalty for repeat offender in NJ

On Jan. 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations. Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office stated: “Our follow-up inspection found that two County Concrete employees were exposed to silica above the permissible limit as they cleaned concrete mixers." In 2013, OSHA [...]

By |2017-01-27T09:49:34-04:00January 19th, 2017|Highlights|Comments Off on Exposure to Airborne Silica: OSHA penalty for repeat offender in NJ

Fall Internship

Are you interested in working with a progressive organization to advance labor and environmental policies in New Jersey? The NJ Work Environment Council (WEC), an alliance of 70 labor, environmental, and community organizations, working for safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment, has an exciting internship opportunity beginning September, 2016. Please Click Here

By |2016-08-26T18:42:00-04:00August 26th, 2016|Job Postings|Comments Off on Fall Internship

Workplace Safety and Health

Safety Violations or Illegal Activity at Work: Your Right to Protection (Spanish) Your Employer Must Tell You About Chemical Hazards Background on Worker and Union Involvement During Clean Air Act Section 112(r) Inspections On April 2, 2010, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued "Interim Guidance" for involving facility employees and employee representatives in EPA and [...]

By |2016-10-31T03:11:33-04:00August 25th, 2016|Fact Sheets|Comments Off on Workplace Safety and Health

Healthy School Environments

Your Rights Under the New Jersey Public Employees' Occupational Safety and Health Act An overview of your rights. Good Things to Do During a PEOSH Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Inspection A checklist of what to do during an inspection. Be Aware of Artificial Turf Hazards The health risks that may accompany synthetic turf. School Hazard [...]

By |2016-10-31T04:33:53-04:00August 24th, 2016|Fact Sheets|Comments Off on Healthy School Environments

Right to Know and Act to Prevent Toxic Exposures in the Workplace and Community

Protecting Firefighters, Police, and Other Emergency Response Workers From Hazardous Materials You Have the Right to Disclose Unlawful Activity and to Not Participate In Such Activity Without Employer Retaliation Summary of NJ Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet: Vinyl Chloride This is a summary of the NJ Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet on vinyl chloride and on your [...]

By |2019-03-27T14:03:16-04:00August 23rd, 2016|Fact Sheets|Comments Off on Right to Know and Act to Prevent Toxic Exposures in the Workplace and Community

Preventing Chemical Accidents

New Jersey's Mandatory Worker Training Program on Chemical Safety and Security On July 25, 2006, New Jersey's Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) wrote certain chemical facility owners informing them that they were now legally required to train their employees about security. This fact sheet explains the requirement. Worker and Union Rights to Participate [...]

By |2016-08-20T15:29:32-04:00August 20th, 2016|Fact Sheets|Comments Off on Preventing Chemical Accidents