With some workers returned to in-person work, and others whose jobs require them to be on-site, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) released the top 10 public-sector workplace safety and health hazards reported in 2021, in order to raise awareness of the most common workplace risks.
This list was compiled by NJDOL’s Office of Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH), which is responsible for inspecting, investigating, consulting and helping mitigate workplace hazards, and educating workers and employers on workplace safety to ensure the safety and health of public employees.
“The point of this annual compilation is to make public workers and employers aware of the most common workplace risks, so everyone can take steps toward ensuring a safe workplace,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “Our Office of Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health exists not only to seek and find workplace hazards, but to proactively prevent accidents and tragedies from happening.”
Here are NJDOL’s top 10 safety and health hazards in public-sector workplaces for 2021:
PEOSH posts alerts on the NJDOL website when recurring health and safety issues arise. Its most recent bulletin was published in response to the potential dangers of electronic access and egress control systems and/or electromagnetically locked egress doors.
PEOSH also offers free on-site consultations in which staff works directly with employers to mitigate any dangers before someone gets hurt.
Free site visits can include, but are not limited to, assessments of physical dangers, electrical safety, slip hazards, air quality, and noise. Consultations are performed to federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, but will not result in any citations, penalties, or fines.
Federal OSHA inspects and evaluates health and safety for private industry. Learn more about OSHA’s top 10 hazards for private employees here.
Additionally, NJDOL can assist businesses interested in any of a multitude of safety training courses, from Electrical Safe Work Practices, Forklift Safety, and Control of Hazardous Energy to Material Handling, Back Safety, and Lifting Techniques.
For more information on NJDOL’s Division of Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health, including how to file workplace safety concern or sign up for a free workplace health and safety consultation or training, please visit the Division’s newly enhanced website: https://www.nj.gov/labor/safetyandhealth/.
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