JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Hudson County Board of Freeholders passed a resolution at their Thursday meeting urging Governor Phil Murphy to require employers to provide personal protection equipment for high rise workers.

“We have many high-rise structures where building service workers and maintenance workers must come in contact with tenants all the time in an enclosed area,” said Freeholder Bill O’Dea. “We feel as important as it is for construction workers and health care workers to have PPE, all essential workers should be provided the same protection. Many building service workers are low paid and have inadequate health care coverage.”

The resolution asked the governor to update Executive Order 122 to provide the additional protections, at employer’s expense, to all essential workers, regardless of their sectors, in a manner at least equivalent to that currently provided to retail workers. PPE should include at least mask, gloves and eyewear.

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The resolution also asked the governor to require all contractors doing business with the county to require workers to wear cloth face coverings and gloves while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit the person’s health.

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