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NJ Work Environment Council Congratulates Doug Parker, Confirmed as New Chief of U.S. OSHA

The following statement is from Debra Coyle McFadden, executive director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC). “We’re glad to see Doug Parker, a highly qualified safety professional, confirmed today by the U.S. Senate. As assistant secretary of labor, he will head the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “Doug brings his experience as head of Cal/OSHA, the nation’s largest statewide safety agency. He also served as executive director at Worksafe, a non-profit that provides legal services and public advocacy for workers seeking to improve safety on the job. Worksafe and WEC are both affiliates of the National [...]

By |October 27th, 2021|Categories: Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on NJ Work Environment Council Congratulates Doug Parker, Confirmed as New Chief of U.S. OSHA

Let’s ‘build back’ the right way for working people

Clean-energy investment is a way to tackle climate change and at the same time create jobs upon which futures can be built Investment in renewable energy nationwide, spurred by President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” campaign, represents even more than an opportunity to fight back against the health, safety and economic threats from climate change. Done right, it also has the potential to dramatically make work pay again for millions of Americans who’ve been shoved aside for too many years in an economy where the rich got richer and — well, you know the rest. Read the entire OpEd. [...]

By |September 15th, 2021|Categories: Opinion Pieces, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Let’s ‘build back’ the right way for working people

New Jersey’s SDA districts set to open in ‘deplorable conditions.’ What you need to know

When Abraham Lincoln School in Garfield reopens in September, students will cram into a building constructed 50 years after the 16th president was assassinated and is showing its age: A sagging roof, water damage from leaks in the mortar, no air- conditioning. It gets no better in some schools in Paterson, where the local teachers union has reported mold, leaky ceilings and rodents. But they do have running drinking water, which is more than can be said of at least half the schools in Jersey City. Those schools are examples among dozens throughout New Jersey’s 31 so-called Schools Development Authority [...]

By |August 12th, 2021|Categories: Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on New Jersey’s SDA districts set to open in ‘deplorable conditions.’ What you need to know

Back to School: Clean Air in Every School as COVID Resurges

As the new school year starts, the National Coalition for Healthier Schools, coordinated by Healthy Schools Network, is calling for critical and immediate actions and $75 Million in funding to rapidly expand EPA’s capacity to mount education and technical assistance campaigns on clean indoor environments in the nation’s schools: Clean Air, Clean Water, and Clean and Healthy Products. “Clean air in every school should be a national priority for all k-12 schools and childcare facilities,” says Claire Barnett, executive of the Healthy Schools Network. “No child should suffer a full day of polluted and or cold and flu virus-filled indoor [...]

By |August 10th, 2021|Categories: Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Back to School: Clean Air in Every School as COVID Resurges

Schools are still unaware of dangers of mercury-tainted gym floors, advocates say

"Heather Sorge is an organizer for Healthy Schools Now, a coalition under the umbrella of the New Jersey Work Environment Council. She said her organization has been advocating for stricter standards for years. The issue, she said, is a lack of awareness. “We’ve advocated for a statewide survey of where these floors are, testing to see if there is a mercury component and then funding on a statewide level because the districts shouldn’t be responsible for these costly repairs,” Sorge said. Not all of the floors are problematic, but it's impossible to know without testing. Mercury exposure can harm the brain [...]

By |August 9th, 2021|Categories: Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Schools are still unaware of dangers of mercury-tainted gym floors, advocates say

As delta variant spreads, so does risk to workers

Employers fined for COVID-19 safety lapses as advocates see rising numbers of workplace deaths Cecelia Gilligan Leto often fields calls from workers concerned for their safety while they do their jobs. As project director for the New Jersey Work Environment Council, Leto has trained people in workplace safety for years. So, when the novel coronavirus began to spread last year, workers in health care, retail, warehouses and in other occupations turned to her. “You had this invisible thing come into the workplace; people just didn’t know what to do with it, and there was a lot to learn in the [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19, Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on As delta variant spreads, so does risk to workers
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