Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health On-Site Consultation and Training
The Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health On-Site Consultation and Training program provides free consultation and training services to public employers and helps provide a safe work environment for public employees. Browse the information below to learn how we can help you meet your health and safety needs.
Through the program, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development provides occupational safety consultations to assess safety management systems, identify hazards, and provide training to public employers prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities. These consultations are free to public employers in New Jersey and are a prerequisite to requesting training. Establishments with low rates of injuries and illnesses may even qualify for a safety recognition award.
Note: a Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Consultation is a confidential service that is completely separate from OPEOSH enforcement; consultants do not issue citations or impose penalties. However, an employer is obligated to correct serious hazards that the consultant finds, within a mutually agreeable timeframe.
Expectations of participating employers
- Take action to protect your employees if any serious hazardous conditions are identified
- Allow the highest-ranking union official to participate in the visit
- Allow the consultant to interview individual employees privately
Employer rights and obligations
- An employer may terminate the consultation at any time
- This is a confidential service. OPEOSH enforcement officers do not have the right to see workplace information obtained from a consultation visit
- An employer may disagree with the schedule to correct violations
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Step 1: Employer requests consultation
Step 2: Consultation, opening conference, walk-through, and closing conference
Step 3: Consultant provides report
Step 4: Employer posts list of hazards
Step 5: Employer corrects hazards
Step 6: Follow-up with consultant and employer
Step 7: Training for employer and employees