New Jersey Adds New COVID-19 Safety Regulations

With no federal standard, the state issued its own health and safety guidelines to protect employees.

November 02, 2020

TRENTON, N.J.—Because of a lack of a national standard, New Jersey has issued uniform health and safety standards to public and private employees, NJ.com reports. Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order mandating all employers to follow the new protocols starting November 5.

Here are the guidelines, designed to protect employees against COVID-19:

  • Employees are to keep at least six feet from each other “to the maximum extent possible.”
  • Employees and visitors are to wear a face mask, with limited exceptions.
  • Employers are to provide masks to employees at the company’s expense.
  • Employers are to provide employees, customers and visitors with sanitizing materials at the company’s expense.
  • Employers are to conduct daily health checks of employees, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking and more.
  • Employers are to notify employees when there is possible exposure to the virus.
  • Employers are to provide employees with breaks throughout the day to wash their hands.
  • Employers are to routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched areas in accordance to state and federal guidelines.

“We will ensure that every worker stands under the same umbrella of protection,” Murphy said.

The order also tasks the New Jersey Department of Labor to create an online complaint form for employees, as well as give companies and their staff compliance and safety training. The agency and the New Jersey Health Department will work together on developing investigative procedures.

With this executive order, New Jersey is the only U.S. state to “leverage its public sector-only jurisdiction to protect workers in the private sector from COVID-19,” said Robert Asaro-Angelo, state labor commissioner. “We now have the essential tools and resources we need to ensure businesses are operating safely, and our economy is moving forward.”

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