For Immediate Release: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
Contact: Janice Selinger, Communications Coordinator, Safer After Sandy, New Jersey Work Environment Council-609-695-7100, Ext 305
Free Training for those involved in cleanup, recovery and rebuilding
As we approach the One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, make sure rebuilding and cleanup are done safely.
Trenton – Thousands of volunteers, workers, and residents are now engaged in cleanup, recovery, and rebuilding. Unless this work is done properly, this process will pose serious health and safety dangers that can create a second, long-term disaster. Dangers include unstable structures (debris piles, building collapse), falls from roofs, electrical, gas explosions, mold, raw sewage, asbestos, lead, silica and cement dust and hazardous chemicals.
Thanks to a Susan Harwood Grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) is offering FREE information and training about identifying and preventing hazards such as mold, falls, chemicals and airborne contaminants. The training will include an expert presentation about What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself From Mold, a Hazard mapping exercise and an overview of worker rights, including whistleblower protection and employer responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and NJ Public Employees OSH Act (PEOSHA).
The first FREE training sessions will take place in October in Wall, Toms River and Newark, New Jersey.
· Friday, October 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the IBEW Local 400, 3301 Highway 138 in Wall
· Friday, October 11th from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Toms River
· Wednesday, October 23rd from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newark Teacher’s Union, 1019 Broad Street, Newark
Those interested in attending a workshop should register at www.njwec.org. The Safer After Sandy project has also produced radio and television public service announcements and other educational materials that are available on the WEC website and can provide safety and health technical experts for presentations and interviews. WEC is a coalition of community, environmental, and union organizations that for more than 25 years has helped protect NJ workers, families, and communities.