2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:5A-13 - Employee education, training program; certification of instructors


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34:5A-13. Employee education, training program; certification of instructors
13. a. Every employer shall have until October 30, 1985 to establish an education and training program for his employees, which shall be designed to inform employees in writing and orally of the nature of the hazardous substances to which they are exposed in the course of their employment and the potential health risks which the hazardous substances pose, and to train them in the proper and safe procedures for handling the hazardous substances under all circumstances. An employer shall provide his employees with the program not later than December 31, 1985, and every two years thereafter. Any person who becomes an employee after the conclusion of the initial program shall be provided with the program within the first month of employment. Prior to entering an employment agreement with a prospective employee an employer shall notify a prospective employee of the availability of workplace surveys and appropriate hazardous substance fact sheets for the facility at which the prospective employee will be employed; except that this notification requirement shall not be applicable to employers before December 31, 1985.

b. Any employer who has established an employee education and training program for hazardous substances prior to the effective date of this act may request the Department of Health to certify that education and training program, which certification shall constitute compliance with subsection a. of this section.

c. Every employer shall establish an education and training program for his employees who work in a research and development laboratory, which shall be designed to inform employees in writing and orally of the nature of the hazardous substances to which they are exposed in the course of their employment and the potential health risks which the hazardous substances pose, and to train them in the proper and safe procedures for handling the hazardous substances under all circumstances. An employer shall provide his employees with the program not later than December 31, 1985, and every two years thereafter. Any person who becomes an employee after the conclusion of the initial program shall be provided with the program within the first month of employment.

d. The Department of Health shall establish a program for the certification of education and training programs provided to employers, for remuneration, for purposes of compliance with P.L.1983, c.315. The certification shall be valid for at least 12 months, shall provide for provisional and permanent certification, and shall be renewable.

e. The Department of Health shall establish a program for the certification of persons who are paid pursuant to the terms of a contract by employers to conduct education and training programs for purposes of compliance with P.L.1983, c.315. The certification shall be valid for at least 12 months, shall provide for provisional and permanent certification, and shall be renewable.

f. A person paid pursuant to the terms of a contract by an employer to conduct or provide an education and training program for purposes of compliance with P.L.1983, c.315 shall be required to be certified pursuant to subsection d. or e. of this section, as appropriate, prior to conducting or providing the program.

g. The fee for certification for a 12-month period and the fee for a renewal of a certification each shall not exceed $500.00. The fee for the certification and renewal shall be established pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Health. All revenues from fees for the issuance or renewal of certifications shall be credited to the "Worker and Community Right to Know Fund" created pursuant to section 26 of P.L.1983, c.315. Applications for certification shall be made to the Commissioner of Health in the manner and on a form as the commissioner shall prescribe by rule or regulation.

h. The Department of Health shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section.

i. Any person required to be certified by the Department of Health pursuant to this section who violates the provisions of subsection f. of this section, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense.

j. The Commissioner of Health, upon making a finding that a person granted certification has violated any provision of this section or any rules or regulations adopted pursuant thereto, may revoke, suspend, or modify any certification issued pursuant to subsection d. or e. of this section. A person whose certification is to be revoked, suspended, or modified pursuant to this subsection shall be entitled to a hearing, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), to contest that action.

L.1983,c.315,s.13; amended 1985,c.64,s.2; l985,c.2l6,s.2; 1989,c.155,s.1; 1995,c.259,s.5.


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