Workplace Safety Quotes

There is little doubt that business will have to think twice before expanding or locating a facility in New Jersey.

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William H. Halsey, legislative representative for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

Labeling all pipes and containers could cost the chemical industry $100 million a year.

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Garth Fort, lobbyist for the Monsanto Company.
396208/30/1983 | Full Details | Law(s): Right To Know

We have 1,000 products. If every state has different reporting requirements, we’d have to produce 50,000 different [Material Safety Data Sheets].

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Garth Fort, lobbyist for the Monsanto Company.
396308/30/1983 | Full Details | Law(s): Right To Know

This is probably the single most anti-business bill to become law in New Jersey in recent years. The governor’s decision to sign it will cause serious doubts among people in business about the state’s commitment to encouraging growth and jobs.

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Bruce Coe, president of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

[The law will be] unworkable, unmanageable, unadministratable, unenforceable and extraordinarily costly.

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Bruce Coe, president of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

No jobs have left the city because of the toxic-disclosure law…. But whatever the figures for a statewide right-to-know law, it is hard conceive of them outstripping the astronomical costs—in tarnished corporate images, in legal expenses and in compensating and caring for sick employees—that await businesses without formal, accepted mechanism to warn workers about the health risks they face on the job.

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“Sniping at the right-to-know”, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

We think this bill is definitely going to cost jobs in New Jersey. Why come into New Jersey and why expand when you have that much additional cost?

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James Moford, director of government relations for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

We cannot go on adding regulations on the backs of industries in this state.

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Borden R. Putnam, Economic Development Commissioner for Governor Tom Kean’s (R) administration.

I can imagine the mounds of paperwork with little to do with providing information about hazards. We can see very little if any benefits to the worker….very marginal costs often make the difference between whether you get the business or not.

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Thomas H. Wood, a chamber director and manager of Shell’s West Deptford plant.

[The] procedures required are too costly and non-productive to industry, making New Jersey a less competitive location for manufacturing.

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William A. Lynch, Chairman of the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

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