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Workplace Safety and Health

Perhaps more than any other area of workplace law and policy, safety is inseparable from employee well-being and productivity.

Overview

One of the principal responsibilities of federal safety and health agencies is to enforce laws that protect the safety and health of employees. As a result of this enforcement mandate, employers routinely face unexpected and intense regulatory scrutiny. Rather than waiting for a sudden visit from OSHA or another agency, employers should proactively monitor and ensure compliance with all applicable safety and health laws. In addition to following the law, organizations can benefit from improving workplace safety to satisfy the needs and demands of workers and customers, as an unsafe workplace can be devastating to employee morale and public opinion.

With experienced Workplace Safety and Health attorneys located strategically throughout the nation, we are well-positioned to serve all of an employer’s needs with respect to safety and health programs and compliance issues. In situations where preventive measures are not enough to reduce exposure, we work collaboratively with our clients’ legal teams, as well as medical, scientific and engineering experts, and, where necessary, public relations professionals, to minimize reputational harm and legal liability.

Some of the specific services we provide include:

  • Facilitating on-site safety and health audits for compliance with federal and state occupational safety and health requirements;
  • Assisting with the creation and implementation of workplace safety programs and policies, training and enforcement processes;
  • Reviewing compliance with recordkeeping requirements;
  • Handling all aspects of client representation associated with inspections, citations, hearings and other enforcement proceedings;
  • Overseeing workplace environmental testing for asbestos, silica, mold and other airborne contaminants and potentially toxic substances;
  • Assisting in responding to various workplace complaints;
  • Helping clients handle complaints under the multiple laws overseen by OSHA whistleblower investigators and providing advice on how to avoid possible retaliation claims;
  • Providing representation during agency rulemaking proceedings;
  • Providing crisis management and risk reduction counseling, including responding to significant accidents, explosions, fires and chemical releases; and
  • Counseling on federal OSHA and MSHA compliance and advising clients during on-site OSHA and MSHA inspections and enforcement actions, as well as other federal and state agency actions.

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Get Ready for OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

October 19, 2017 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

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Safety of Temporary Workers: How Staffing Agencies and Host Employers Can Meet Their OSHA Compliance Obligations

May 9, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule: Employer Obligations

September 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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August 23, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Implements Medical Standards Action Plan for Inspectors, Technical Personnel

August 23, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will implement an action plan for employees who do not meet the agency’s medical standards.   As a condition of employment, MSHA inspectors and technical personnel must undergo periodic medical examinations, including vision and hearing tests, and meet medical standards set by the Office... Read More

August 23, 2017

OSHA Schedules Second Public Meeting on Voluntary Protection Programs

August 23, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled the second of two meetings to “reshape” the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) for August 28, 2017. The first meeting was held on July 17, 2017. OSHA established the VPP on July 2, 1982, to promote cooperation between government, industry, and labor to improve worker... Read More

August 16, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert on Wire and Hoisting Ropes

August 16, 2017

Saying new testing on wire and hoisting ropes showed they “no longer met MSHA’s in-service standards,” despite previously passing tests and inspections, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a new safety alert on wire and hoisting ropes. MSHA said that, although it had previously conducted wire rope nondestructive... Read More

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October 5, 2017
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses How the Trump Administration Has affected OSHA

October 5, 2017

Tressi Cordaro discusses how the presidential transition from one party to another can lead to policy and regulatory changes in "How Will OSHA Priorities Change Under the Trump Administration?" published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 4, 2017
SHRM

Carla Gunnin Discusses How Employers Should Respond During an OSHA Inspection

October 4, 2017

Carla Gunnin discusses how employers should respond to OSHA compliance officers' requests in "What to Do When an OSHA Inspector Knocks on Your Door," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

September 28, 2017
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Bradford Hammock Comments on Implications of OSHA's Silica Rule Enforcement

September 28, 2017

Bradford Hammock comments on implications of OSHA's silica rule enforcement standard that began on September 23 in "Judges Hammer Industry Over Workers’ Silica Risks," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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OSHA Announces Top Ten Violations
October 2, 2017

OSHA recently released the top ten violations for fiscal year 2017, which ended September 30.  Generally, this list does not change much from year to year with the top three violations always being fall protection, hazard communication and scaffolding. Read More

OSHA Announces Enforcement Policy for Construction Silica Standard
September 20, 2017

In a memorandum issued today from Thomas Galassi to OSHA Regional Administrators, OSHA has announced how it will handle enforcement of the new Silica Standard for the construction industry, which takes effect on September 23, 2017. Read More

OSHA Proposes to Extend Crane Operator Certification Requirement
August 29, 2017

In 2010 OSHA promulgated a final rule regulating cranes and derricks in the construction industry, Cranes and Derricks in Construction, Subpart CC (29 C.F.R. 1926.1400, et al.). Shortly after the final rule was issued OSHA published the Small Entity Compliance Guide on the new standard. Read More