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New Jersey State Plan

New Jersey State Plan

New Jersey State Plan

[New Jersey State Plan Website]
  • Initial Approval: January 11, 2001
  • State Plan Certification: In process
  • 18(e) Final Approval: N/A

The New Jersey Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) State Plan is part of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDLWD). New Jersey PEOSH is currently headed by the Commissioner. The main office is located in Trenton, New Jersey.


PEOSH covers all public sector workplaces, including state, county, and local government agencies, public authorities, fire departments, and school districts. OSHA maintains jurisdiction over all private sector workplaces; federal agencies; maritime employers (e.g., shipyards, marine terminals, longshoring); military facilities; Indian sovereignty workplaces; and the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Unique State Plan Standards and Regulations

PEOSH has adopted identically all OSHA standards and regulations applicable to public sector employment with the exception of the following:

  • Hazard Communication Program Standard - 1910.1200 - State Standard NJAC 12:100-7
  • Fire Brigade Standard - 1910.156 - State Standard NJAC 12:100-10

The New Jersey Plan provides for the adoption of alternative or different occupational safety and health standards by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, the Commissioner of Community Affairs, and the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board, where no federal standards are applicable to the conditions or circumstances or where standards more stringent than the federal are deemed advisable. PEOSH has the following state-initiated standards, administered by their Department of Health and Senior Services:

  • Indoor Air Quality Standard - NJAC 12:100-13
  • Indoor Firing Ranges Standard- NJAC 12:100-8
Enforcement Programs

The New Jersey PEOSH Act is administered by the following two departments:

  • New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDLWD) – investigates complaints regarding safety hazards in the workplace. In addition, NJDLWD is responsible for administering and enforcing the Act throughout the state. To obtain more information, call (609) 633-3896.
  • New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) investigates complaints regarding health hazards in the workplace. NJDOH enforces the New Jersey Indoor Air Quality Standard and information concerning the standard, as well as a copy of the standard, can be found on the NJDOH website. To obtain more information, call (609) 984-1863.

The Office of Public Employees' Occupational Safety and Health (OPEOSH) conducts general and targeted inspections and investigations to ensure workplace safety. OPEOSH has the authority to order the correction of any safety or health hazards identified during an inspection. Information on unique enforcement initiatives or local emphasis programs can be found on the New Jersey State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

New Jersey PEOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs that focus on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. New Jersey's PEOSH also offers on-site consultation services which help employers comply with PEOSH's standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. New Jersey also has an agreement with OSHA, under Section 21(d) of the OSH Act, to provide free on-site consultation services to the private sector. For more information on these programs, please visit the New Jersey State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

Under Section 34:6A-42 of the PEOSH Act, employers, workers, and/or other affected parties may seek informal review with LWD and with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Judicial review of the decision of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission may be pursued at the Appellate Division of the Superior Court. For further information, please contact OPEOSH at (609) 633-3896.

Contact Information

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) Office
  • 1 John Fitch Plaza
  • P.O. Box 386
  • Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0386
  • (609) 633-3896
  • (609) 292-3749
  • Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner
  • (609) 292-2975
  • Aaron R. Fichtner, PhD, Deputy Commissioner
  • (609) 292-1070
  • John Monahan, Assistant Commissioner, Labor Standards and Safety Enforcement
  • (609) 292-2313

Division of Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health (PSOSH)

For all health-related matters, please contact:

New Jersey Department of Health
  • John Fitch Plaza, 8th Floor
  • P.O. Box 360
  • Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0386-0360
  • (609) 984-1863
  • (609) 984-2779
  • Mary E. O’Dowd, MPH, Commissioner
  • (609) 292-7837
  • Arturo Brito, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner
  • (609) 292-7836
  • Ruth Charbonneau, RN, JD, Chief of Staff
  • (609) 292-1447
  • Christina Tan, MD, PH, State Epidemiologist/Assistant Commissioner
  • (609) 826-5967
  • Joseph Eldridge, Director
  • Consumer Environmental Occupational Health
  • (609) 826-4920
  • Gary Centifonti, Acting Program Manager
  • Environmental Occupational Health Assessment Program
  • (609) 826-4950
  • Virginia Brenton, Consultation/Outreach Unit Coordinator
  • (609) 984-2202


OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.

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