Prevent construction-related hazards 

By Dorothy Wigmore  Librarians or administrative staff working during the summer, the state of a classroom in September, and building repairs during the school year are all situations posing construction-related…

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When school is out, construction begins

By Dorothy Wigmore It usually happens between school years. Too often, school staff and students pay a price when it’s not done properly. “It” is the construction, demolition or renovation…

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Noise harms a lot more than our ears

By Dorothy Wigmore  How does noise affect us?   Like stress, loud noise increases blood pressure, leading to heart-related problems. It also can cause endocrine disruption (another route to cardiovascular…

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Health and safety committees 

Keeping on keeping on despite pandemic times  By Dorothy Wigmore  Mold in the ceiling? Expected to use toxic chemicals, especially without training or protective gear? Dealing with poor ventilation and…

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Violence is much more than guns

Prevention must go further too  By Dorothy Wigmore  In late January, Morris Knolls High School got a scare. A student brought a device resembling a 9-mm gun to school. It…

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You call this cold?

Dealing with cold stress – inside and outside  By Dorothy Wigmore  Temperatures hover near freezing during the day and below it at night. Snowstorms are predicted. Or maybe it’s freezing…

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Overcrowded schools and classrooms

A longstanding problem is even worse during COVID-19 By Debra Coyle If you work in a New Jersey school, you’ve probably witnessed firsthand the problem of overcrowded classrooms. Students scrambling for…

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Beware of hazards caused by hurricanes

By Debra Coyle ers and left 30 people dead, countless homeless, and caused millions of dollars in damage. According to the New Jersey Department of Education, 67 schools were temporarily…

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