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February 2017 Archives

Improving safety for warehouse workers

Within New Jersey warehouse-related businesses, there are numerous safety issues that employers, employees and independent contractors should identify. From alerting employees to the location of fire exits to keeping the premises organized and sanitary, warehouse employers must carefully adhere to OSHA regulations.

Facts about workplace skin diseases

One of the most common workplace ailments that affects employees in New Jersey and across the United States are skin diseases. In fact, more than 13 million employees in the United States work with harmful chemicals that could become absorbed into their skin, according to estimates by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Food service employees, cosmetologists, auto repair mechanics and health care professionals are some of those employees who face the greatest risk of contracting an occupational skin disease.

Truck driver training rule delayed by Trump order

New Jersey residents who are just receiving their commercial driver's licenses will not have to comply with a new entry-level driver training rule. A memorandum that was issued by President Trump on Jan. 20 delayed the implementation of new rules that were written by the Obama administration. The Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators was scheduled to go into effect on Feb. 6, but it has been pushed back to March 21.

Future holds challenges for workers' compensation

New Jersey employees depend on workers' compensation benefits when an on-the-job injury or an occupational illness sends them to the doctor or leaves them unable to work. According to safety experts, changing political and technological landscapes could impact the delivery of benefits and the rates charged to employers.

Shift work and the effect on worker health

New Jersey employees in certain occupations may have experience working late night or early morning shifts. However, they may not realize the health problems that can be created by keeping irregular hours. For instance, those who wake up before 6 a.m. may not feel refreshed or have extra difficulty waking up. Those who work night shifts may be more likely to get into car accidents compared to other workers.