A proposed New Jersey law aims to ensure that the threat of dangerous mercury vapors is not presented by any floors that get installed in New Jersey schools and child care centers moving forward. The threat already exists at countless schools across the Garden State, but advocates say the current proposal is at least shining a spotlight on the issue, even though it may not go far enough. Under the bill advanced by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee, flooring material that contains mercury would not be able to used during the construction or renovation of a school or child care [...]
By WEC Staff|2022-02-09T15:38:41-05:00February 9th, 2022|Categories: Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Mercury Seeping From Gym Floors – Possible NJ Law Would Stop Future Installations
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has announced it finalized the Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) Rule and Fleet Reporting Requirement. New Jersey became the first state on the east coast, joining California, Oregon and Washington, to establish a Clean Trucks program. Read more here.
By WEC Staff|2021-12-22T16:00:42-05:00December 22nd, 2021|Categories: Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on New Jersey is the East Coast Leader in Advancing the Transition to Electric Trucks
More than 40 organizations, including unions, and more than 6,300 individuals have signed a petition urging the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make its emergency temporary standard permanent for healthcare workplaces. Read more here.
By WEC Staff|2021-12-22T15:55:03-05:00December 22nd, 2021|Categories: Covid-19, Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on More than 40 organizations, unions urge OSHA to extend protections for healthcare workers
More than 40 unions and other organizations signed a petition, along with more than 6,300 individuals, to urge the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to adopt a permanent standard on Covid-19 in health care workplaces, building on the emergency temporary standard (ETS) OSHA adopted in June and set to expire on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The petition also encouraged OSHA to work expediently to issue a separate, broader standard to protect all workers from workplace exposure to Covid-19 and other aerosol transmissible diseases. The petition was delivered to OSHA today, announced National Nurses United (NNU). Read more here.
By WEC Staff|2021-12-21T14:41:35-05:00December 21st, 2021|Categories: Covid-19, Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Unions, public health, and occupational safety organizations call for permanent OSHA Covid-19 standards for health care and other workers
While President Joe Biden has nominated three people to the independent board that investigates chemical accidents, supporters of the Chemical Safety Board said other steps also must be taken so the agency properly can do its job. A letter from 22 unions, environmental groups and other advocacy organizations to Chair Katherine Lemos, the last remaining member of the board, called for more investigators. Read entire article here.
By WEC Staff|2021-12-14T14:48:10-05:00December 14th, 2021|Categories: Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on More action needed to fix Chemical Safety Board crucial to N.J., advocates say
For immediate release – November 19, 2021 Contact: Heather Sorge, firstname.lastname@example.org, (908) 310-7874 Statement from Healthy Schools Now on Gov. Murphy’s Budget Announcement $75 million for schools is a good start; Billions needed to create safe schools for 1.2 million+ NJ students The following statement on today’s announcement from Gov. Phil Murphy about funding for New Jersey Schools is from Heather Sorge, Healthy Schools Now organizer with the New Jersey Work Environment Council (NJWEC). “We’re pleased to see that Governor Murphy has identified $75 million in previously appropriated funds that can be used for badly-needed renovations and improvements in [...]
By WEC Staff|2021-11-23T11:12:17-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Statement from Healthy Schools Now on Gov. Murphy’s Budget Announcement: $75 million for schools is a good start; Billions needed to create safe schools for 1.2 million+ NJ students