Bernardsville Police Dept. Office of Emergency Management Releases Executive Order Guidance Tool Related to COVID-19
On October 28th, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed Executive Order No. 192, providing mandatory health and safety standards to protect New Jersey’s workers at work during the pandemic. The executive order will require both private and public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols that will serve to protect their in-person workforces. The Order mandates that as of 6:00 a.m. on November 5th, all employers must enact minimum protocols to protect workers in the workplace.
While the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) works to develop resources and materials to facilitate compliance and safety training for employers and employees, the Police Department recognized a need to quickly inform the public about the provisions of this order. In an effort to assist local employers in Bernardsville, the Police Department Office of Emergency Management has created a checklist to assist employers in complying with provisions of Executive Order #192. According to Police Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Valentine, “the checklist was designed to serve as an aid to help local businesses better understand their responsibilities under the order”. The checklist will be posted on the Police Department website at www.bernardsvillepd.org and on the Bernardsville Borough website as well. We hope this tool keeps people in our community safe by helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community”.
After the order was issued the Police Department reviewed it to see how it would impact the internal operations of the Department and to see what policy revisions or upgrades might be needed. The document is 13 pages long and contains a lot of text. “We were concerned that people might not take the time to read it and might miss some important information”, said the Chief. In reviewing the document, “we believed a simple checklist would go a long way in assisting all employers to better implement the order.” “Borough Technology Coordinator, Chris D’Amato was instrumental in helping to prepare the checklist in a timely manner”, said Chief Valentine.
The Bernardsville Police Department would like to remind everyone that as the COVID-19 Health Emergency lingers on, it is important for everyone to follow health and safety guidance issued by the CDC, State, County and Local Health Departments. We must remain vigilant and steadfast in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as our communities, schools, and businesses attempt to carry on for the benefit of all.
Chief Kevin Valentine, Bernardsville Police Department – (908) 766-0037