2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:6A-38 - Notice of health standard violation
34:6A-38. Notice of health standard violation
14. a. Any employee, group of employees or employee representative who believes that a violation of a health standard exists, or that an imminent danger exists, may request an inspection by giving notice to the Commissioner of Health of the violation or danger. The notice and request shall be in writing, shall set forth the grounds for the notice and shall be signed by the employee, a group of employees or employee representative. Upon the request of the person giving the notice, his name or the name of any employee representative giving the notice shall be withheld. The Commissioner of Health shall conduct an appropriate inspection at the earliest time possible. In any case of a possible imminent hazard, the commissioner may request the assistance of other State agencies having appropriate expertise.
The Commissioner of Health shall so interpret and administer this section so as to encourage any employee, group of employees or employee representative who believes that a violation of a health standard exists, or that an imminent danger exists, to report that violation or danger in the first instance to the employer's safety officer.
b. A representative of the employer, an employee giving the notice and an employee representative shall be given the opportunity to accompany the Commissioner of Health during an inspection for the purpose of aiding in such inspection. Where there is no authorized employee representative, the Commissioner of Health shall consult with a reasonable number of employees concerning matters of health in the workplace.
c. Any employee who accompanies the Commissioner of Health or the Commissioner of Community Affairs on an inspection shall receive payment of normal wages for the time spent during the inspection.
d. The information obtained by the Commissioner of Health under this section shall be obtained with a minimum burden upon the employer.
L.1983,c.516,s.14; amended 1995,c.186,s.8.
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