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Sustainable companies need standardized injury reporting

New Jersey employees who work for companies on the list of Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations may not necessarily have strong regulations around reporting safety and health issues in their workplaces. According to a report from the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability, in comparison to a study done in 2013, there has not been much improvement on reporting in these organizations.

The CSHS examined data from between June and December of 2016. The organization said that there were a number of variations in how companies collect data, formats for reporting and in definitions used. This means that the companies in the list lack a consensus on reporting for global sustainability indexes.

The CSHS offered several recommendations for companies in the study. Among those recommendations were health and safety management systems, third-party auditing, and using safety and health metrics for the entire supply chain. For the last point, the organization cited a company that had 27 fatalities in its supply chain despite reporting no fatalities. The chair of the CSHS board of directors said that reducing fatalities, injuries and illnesses in the workplace would require more cooperation in sustainability reporting groups.

If people are injured on the job, there are often both internal and external reporting requirements. The worker is also generally eligible for workers' compensation. This can help cover medical expenses and other costs . If an employer says a worker is ineligible, the worker may want to talk to an attorney. An attorney might be able to explain an employee's rights and assist in pursuing a claim.

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