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Bradford T. Hammock

Washington, D.C. Region

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Bradford T. Hammock is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice in the safety and health area, and is co-leader of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group.

Mr. Hammock’s national practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety and health law. In particular, Mr. Hammock provides invaluable assistance to employers in a preventive practice: (1) conducting full-scale safety and health compliance audits; (2) reviewing and revising corporate safety and health policies; and (3) conducting manager and supervisor training on employee safety and health. Mr. Hammock works closely with employers to help them understand and implement safety and health management systems.

In addition, he represents employers throughout OSHA rulemaking proceedings, including OSHA’s informal public hearings on proposed rules. Mr. Hammock also defends employers against OSHA enforcement actions. For an employer that is the target of an OSHA inspection, Mr. Hammock offers representation from the start of the inspection through settlement or litigation.

Mr. Hammock is a popular guest speaker and lecturer on OSHA issues. He has published numerous articles on occupational safety and health law and is the editor of the firm’s “OSHA Law Blog,” which provides insight and commentary on safety and health issues in the workplace.

While attending law school, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, and Associate Editor of The Labor Lawyer.

OSHA Experience

Mr. Hammock joined the firm in 2008 after serving for ten years as an OSHA attorney within the Department of Labor including, most recently, for more than three years as lead counsel for safety standards. As lead counsel, he managed ten attorneys who worked with OSHA on regulatory initiatives, compliance assistance, and enforcement policy. He had direct responsibility for more than 20 major OSHA regulatory initiatives, including rulemakings on personal protective equipment, confined spaces, and crane safety.

Before his promotion to lead counsel, Mr. Hammock worked as a regulatory attorney for OSHA, focusing on ergonomics. He was one of the lead attorneys during the development of the ergonomics standard in 2000 and had primary responsibility for the Department of Labor’s comprehensive approach to ergonomics in 2002. Mr. Hammock is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts on ergonomics. During his more than ten years representing OSHA, Mr. Hammock was promoted three times, received eight outstanding performance awards, and was recognized for the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award seven times.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Recognized by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for his “remarkable pro bono service to our neighbors in need”
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll

Professional Associations and Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Hope Rising, a non-profit charitable organization

Published Works

  • "Top Ten OSHA Developments Affecting Employers," Association of Corporate Counsel Website (April 2011) [Author]
  • "Concussions in Athletes: The La Salle University Settlement and Beyond," Sports Litigation Alert 6.24 (January 2010) [Co-Author]
  • "OSHA Law Blog," (May 2009) [Author]
  • "DOL Court Victories Eliminate Uncertainty over Two Important OSHA Policy Initiatives," Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin 9.4 (April 2009) [Co-Author]
  • "OSHA’s Diacetyl ANPR: A Leading Indicator of an Active OSHA Regulatory Agenda," Employment Law 360 (Feb 2009) [Author]
  • "OSHA's Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program - Are You Prepared?" Workforce Management (November 2007) [Author]

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August 3, 2016

Brad Hammock Discusses Increased Penalties for Workplace Safety Violations

August 3, 2016

Brad Hammock discusses “OSHA’s Steep Penalty Increases Take Effect,” published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 11, 2016
Law 360

Brad Hammock Comments on OSHA's New Rule

May 11, 2016

Brad Hammock comments on OSHA’s new rule that would make workplace injury data recorded by employers publicly accessible in “5 Employer Worries Raised by OSHA’s New Injury Rule,” published by Law 360. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

February 21, 2016
Safety and Health Magazine

Brad Hammock's Congressional Testimony Before House Subcommittee Highlighted

February 21, 2016

Brad Hammock's Congressional testimony before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections was featured in "Washington Update: The same old debate," published by Safety and Health Magazine. Subcription may be required to view article   Read More

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August 18, 2016

Respirable Coal Dust Samples Prove New Dust Rule Is Achievable, Mine Safety Agency Announces

August 18, 2016

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced that 99 percent of the coal mine dust samples collected from April 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016, were in compliance with its coal mine dust standards requiring lower levels of dust. It said that this proves  the “significantly positive impact” of its coal dust... Read More

June 1, 2016

Alcohol-Related Workplace Injuries Recordable, OSHA Says

June 1, 2016

Employers are not exempt from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s reporting rule for on-the-job injuries linked to alcohol intoxication even though the injured employee’s consumption of alcoholic beverages took place off the job. The interpretation was outlined in a letter from Amanda Edens, head of OSHA... Read More

May 12, 2016

New Workplace Injuries, Illnesses Rule Mandates Electronic Information Submission, Bars Retaliation

May 12, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” its long-anticipated final rule revising its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation. The final rule has two main elements: (1) requiring electronic submission of employer... Read More

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Sep 15

Bloomington, MN
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Minneapolis 2016 Symposium: New Rules, New Laws, New Regulations - How to Prepare for the Months Ahead

September 15, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM CST
5601 West 78th Street - Bloomington, MN
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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OSHA Tests New Program to Expedite Whistleblower Claims
August 26, 2016

In an effort to speed up claims under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Whistleblower Protection Program, the Labor Department’s San Francisco region has launched a new process, called the “Expedited Case Processing Pilot.” To read the full article, written by Nickole Winnett, click here.… Read More

OSHA Issues Special Zika Guidance to Employers
August 19, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued “interim guidance” to provide employers and workers information and advice on preventing occupational exposure to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Read More

OSHA Law Blog Live: Week of August 8th
August 12, 2016

Penalty increase, heat stress, Zika virus, and new recordkeeping interpretation.… Continue Reading Read More