The State of New Jersey adopted the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) Act to ensure safe and healthful workplaces for New Jersey public employees. Under the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Act (N.J.S.A. 34:6A-25 et seq.):
PEOSH requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels. As of June 2008, the Standard explicitly states that New Jersey public employers are required to pay for the PPE necessary for compliance [pdf 68k].
|Any employee, group of employees or employee representative who believes that
a violation of a health and safety standard exists, or that an imminent danger
exists, may request an inspection by giving notice to the appropriate commissioner.
The notice and request shall be in writing, shall set forth the grounds for
the notice and shall be signed by the employee, a group of employees, or employee
representative. The appropriate commissioner shall encourage any employee,
group of employees or employee representative who believes that a violation
of a health or safety standard exists, or that imminent danger exists, to report
that violation or danger in the first instance to the employer's safety officer.
No person shall discharge, or otherwise discipline, or in any manner discriminate
against any employee because of the exercise by such employee on behalf of himself
or others of any right afforded by the act.
The OCC-57 Complaint form [doc 49k] or [pdf 16k] is provided for the assistance of any person in making a complaint to the Department of Labor & Workforce Development or the Department of Health and Senior Services, and is not intended to constitute the exclusive means by which a complaint may be submitted.
Occupational safety and health complaints under the Public Employees Occupational
Safety and Health (PEOSH) Act are investigated by two state agencies:
- The Department of Labor & Workforce Development handles complaints regarding safety.
- The Department of Health and Senior Services handles complaints regarding health
Please mail your signed complaint form to the appropriate agency. If you have any questions, please call. We will forward your complaint to the appropriate agency if you are uncertain as to which agency responds to your concerns.
|New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Office of Public Employees Safety
PO Box 386, Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 292-7036,
Fax: (609) 292-3749
|New Jersey Department of Health
PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 984-1863,
Fax: (609) 984-2779
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