New Jersey Facilities laws & HR compliance analysis

New Jersey Facilities: What you need to know

State standards preempted. Many of New Jersey's state laws and regulations on workplace facilities are, in essence, work safety standards. While some states have obtained authority from the federal government to operate their own work safety programs, New Jersey is not among them and is generally governed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) rules for private employers. This means that New Jersey is only permitted to enforce standards for facilities in areas not covered by the federal government.
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Public employer's occupational safety and health plan. New Jersey has an occupational safety and health law for public employers, stating that they must provide a workplace that is safe and healthful in terms of structural adequacy, fire protection, ventilation, lighting, sanitation, and hygiene (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 34:6A-25 et seq.).
Indoor air quality.New Jersey's Air Quality Standard applies to buildings occupied by public employees and requires that a preventive maintenance program be followed for heat, ventilation, air conditioning, and cooling systems, including replacing air filters, checking/changing belts, checking function of motors, confirming operation of all equipment, and removing standing water. Where general ventilation is insufficient or nonexistent, the employer must implement local exhaust ventilation activities (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 12:100-2.1).
Smoking. The New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act prohibits smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in all workplaces and indoor public places whether publicly or privately owned, with some exceptions.
Drinking water. Potable drinking water must be provided for mine employees, in migrant labor camps, and on farms where employees work ...

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New Jersey Facilities Resources

Type Title
Checklists HVAC System Checklist
Handouts Saving Energy at Work (Handout)
Policies Lunchrooms/Breakrooms (Strict)
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