Press Releases

March 31, 2016
OSHA Issues Final Rule on Crystalline Silica

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mandated new limits on exposure to silica dust. Workers may be exposed to silica on the job in construction, mining, shipbuilding and other industries.

March 11, 2016
Unsafe Lead Levels in Almost Half of Newark's Public School
Tens of thousands of school children impacted

Testing at Newark schools has revealed lead levels above federal EPA action guidelines in at least 30 of the city's 66 school facilities. Exposure to lead can cause developmental delays, neurological changes and may have a lasting impact on kids' ability to learn.

February 4, 2016
Report finds 63 million Americans endangered by chlorine bleach plants
Nearly 9 million in New Jersey are could be impacted by a potential disasters.

Greenpeace and the New Jersey Work Environment Council co-released a new report on the safety and environmental performance of chlorine bleach plants across the United States. According to the findings, 86 facilities throughout the U.S. continue to needlessly use huge quantities of chlorine gas in their manufacturing process and endanger more than 63 million people living in nearby areas.

Opinion Pieces

February 19, 2016 - Star Ledger
Christie puts Public's Safety at Risk by Blocking Information
by Dominick Marino, President, Professional Firefighters Association of NJ and Dan Fatton, WEC Executive Director

The governor continues to shirk his responsibility by not respecting our right to know, denying access to emergency response plans.

July 18, 2015 - Star Ledger
N.J. Supreme Court Right to Uphold Protection for Whistleblowers in the State by Andrew Dwyer, an attorney in Newark at The Dwyer Law Firm and Debra Coyle McFadden, interim director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council.

July 5, 2015 - Courier-Post
Shed Light on Crude Oil Shipments by Dominick Marino, President, Professional Firefighters Association of NJ & WEC Board Member and Debra Coyle McFadden, WEC staff

Should corporate secrecy come before protection of human lives? That question was raised dramatically by four events recently involving railroad safety, including the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia.

WEC in the News

July 15, 2015
By Brent Johnson/The Star Ledger

'Watchdog' Employees can Seek Whistleblower Protections, NJ Supreme Court Rules
Workers whose job is to monitor whether their employer complies with standards and regulations are not barred from whistleblower protections under a state law designed to prevent retaliation against employees who speak out, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

May 27, 2015
By Brenda Flanagan/NJTV

Healthcare Workers Push fror Greater Workplace Safety (Video)

Workers in New Jersey recently protested against on-the-job hazards that can significantly harm or even kill employees. In 2013, workplace violence kept an average of four employees per 10,000 off the job in the private sector, but four times that many health care workers lost time at work - and it's trending up from the year before.

July 16, 2015
By Tom Johnson/NJ Spotlight

State's Top Court Rules Whistleblower Law Extends to Watchdog Employees

Workers whose job is to evaluate health and safety issues are less vulnerable to being fired for telling truth to employers. The New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday widened the state's whistleblower law, ruling that employees whose jobs entail identifying helath and safety risks are entitled to protection under the statute.