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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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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Mercury-laced floors don’t belong in schools

By Dorothy Wigmore “One, two, three, four. We don’t want the mercury floor.” That’s essentially the message more and more New Jersey school staff, their union and community-based advocates are…

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Get the word out: Check those gym floors for mercury

By Dorothy Wigmore "Local leaders should ask the administration about those rubberized floors," says Tracie Yostpille. "If you have them, they need to be tested." As president of Freehold Township…

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