OSHA's health and safety standards apply to every industry, even the craft beer industry, but many craft breweries in New Jersey and across the U.S. are acting in ways that fail to meet these standards. The following are six common ways that craft breweries are violating OSHA standards.
Many people in New Jersey work around machinery and manufacturing equipment in their jobs. When machinery or equipment is not maintained adequately or fitted with proper guards, workers who use it are at risk for amputation injuries. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an amputation is defined as the loss or partial loss of an external body part, including a fingertip even if there is no loss of bone.
A shift from manual labor to automation has created new potential hazards for workers in New Jersey warehouses. For instance, interactions between autonomous forklifts and human floor workers could result in a serious injury. The injury rate for warehouse employees is 5.1 per 100 full-time workers, and the number of warehouse deaths doubled between 2015 and 2017. Therefore, warehouse managers and owners should create safety plans that take into account as many hazards as possible.
Workers in New Jersey who are exposed to loud noise may need to be given two forms of hearing protection at the same time. This is known as double hearing protection, and it typically means that an employee will wear an earplug and an earmuff simultaneously. It is important that employers offer protection that is tailored to the type of work employees perform and the environment in which those employees work.
The health and safety of workers in New Jersey and throughout the nation are likely influenced by several factors. This is according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington. The study used data from the General Social Survey that was collected from 2002 to 2014 to come to its conclusions. It found that those who had jobs labeled as dead-end or precarious were more likely to say that they suffered from poor mental and physical health.
Lead is a metal that can be found in industries like construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade and transportation. It is used in solder, plumbing fixtures, building materials, ammunition, lead-acid batteries and more. Employers in New Jersey should be aware that OSHA has set a permissible exposure limit for lead in the workplace. However, OSHA has also established an action level, at which point employers must comply with lead standards.
New Jersey residents who work around machinery probably know what pinch points, or nip points, are. These are the points where workers, or parts of their body, are in danger of coming into contact with either the moving parts of a machine or one moving part and one stationary part. These points include gears, belt drives and pulleys.
The summer is a dangerous season for construction workers in New Jersey and across the U.S. Ultimately, it's up to employers to help identify and mitigate the hazards. The following are five of the leading hazards along with tips for addressing them.
New Jersey residents who work in the electrical industry, whether as electricians or engineers, should know that OSHA is striving to raise awareness of the safety hazards faced in this industry. Working on cable harnesses, overhead lines, circuit assemblies and more can lead to falls, electrocution, fires and explosions. OSHA focuses especially on the safety of electrical workers in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
In New Jersey and across the U.S., more people in the construction industry are looking to green technologies to cut costs and protect people's health and the environment. While green construction can positively impact the health of future building occupants, it can have a negative impact on the ones building. This will necessitate new safety measures.