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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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Feb 21

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Workplace Safety & Health Webinar Series: What to Expect from MSHA under the Trump Administration

February 21, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - 1*, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0
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Apr 18

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Workplace Safety & Health Webinar Series: The Nuances of State Plans

April 18, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - 1*, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0
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Jun 20

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Workplace Safety & Health Webinar Series: Preventing Safety Liability at Multi-Employer Worksites

June 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - 1*, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0
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November 16, 2017

Transportation Department Expands Drug Testing Panel to Include Certain ‘Semi-Synthetic’ Opioids

November 16, 2017

Employers regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) should revise their drug and alcohol testing policies to conform to new DOT regulations that added four “semi-synthetic” opioid drugs to the DOT drug testing panel. The new regulations go into effect on January 1, 2018. DOT announced in a rule published in the Federal... Read More

October 27, 2017

What Employers Need to Know about OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule for Construction

October 27, 2017

Full enforcement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new respirable crystalline silica rule in the construction industry began on October 23, 2017, according to the agency. The silica rule is one of the most comprehensive health standards ever issued for the construction industry and significantly reduces the... Read More

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

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December 14, 2017
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Joy Chin Comments on OFCCP Audit Consistency

December 14, 2017

Joy Chin comments on OFCCP audit consistency among enforcement regions in "What Federal Contractors, Workers Want for the New Year," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 13, 2017
Business Insurance

Tressi Cordaro and Bradford Hammock Comment on the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Rule

December 13, 2017

Tressi Cordaro and Bradford Hammock comment on OSHA extending the deadline for the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule in "Injury, illness reporting accuracy key as electronic deadline nears," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 12, 2017
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Carla Gunnin Comments on President Trump Revoked the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

December 12, 2017

Carla Gunnin comments on President Donald Trump rolling back the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule in 2017, which required that bidders for federal contracts disclose their labor law violations in "5 Employment Rules That Were Stymied In 2017," published by Law 360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Reminder: Electronic submission due December 15th
December 12, 2017

Employers covered by the recordkeeping requirements in Section 1904 are reminded that Friday, December 15th is the DEADLINE to electronically submit their 2016 300A. This requirement applies to establishments with 250 or more employees and to establishments in certain high-risk industries with 20 or more but less than 250 employees. Read More

OSHA Appeals Decision Invalidating its Multi-Employer Citation Policy
December 4, 2017

Although the Department of Labor under new Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has indicated that it will be scaling back on the broad interpretation of joint employer for purposes of determining enforcement liability, on November 6, 2017, OSHA filed an appeal to the U.S. Read More

Complimentary Webinar: The Recordkeeping Top Ten
November 29, 2017

Join Tressi Cordaro and Brad Hammock on December 13th for a complimentary webinar that will give you 10 key steps for ensuring your recordkeeping logs are up-to-date, accurate, and OSHA compliant.  More information and the link to register can be found here.  We hope to see you there!… Read More