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Workplace Safety and Health

Enforcement and new regulations are twin themes for Department of Labor safety and health agencies, requiring employers to increase their vigilance and proactively address safety and health issues relevant to their worksites.

Overview

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. We regularly counsel employers on federal and state safety and health statutes and regulations and have extensive expertise with safety and health agencies, including OSHA, MSHA, BATFE, DHS, NIOSH, CSB, NTSB, DOT, FRA, FAA, OPS and Coast Guard matters.

Our attorneys provide practical guidance on all aspects of workplace safety and health, including assisting with the establishment of safety and health programs, conducting audits, representing employers in safety and health-related legal proceedings, defending against whistleblower claims, responding to catastrophes and fatalities, seeking variances from state or federal agencies, representing employers during government investigations, responding to agency inquiries, providing advice regarding the requirements and obligations under applicable safety and health rules, legislative advocacy, and assisting with communication strategies for dealing with media, employees, communities and management.

General Safety and Health Advice and Counsel

At all times, our goal is to help clients address potential workplace safety and health issues through effective safety and health management systems. When preventive measures are not enough, we team with our clients' personnel, medical, scientific and engineering experts, and, where necessary, public relations professionals to... Read More

Industrial Crisis Management

In an environment where an immediate response is critical and can determine a company’s long-term lawsuit, liability and enforcement risks, our extensive experience with the federal and state agencies investigating the events, as well as in collecting evidence at the outset of a crisis, is central to risk reduction. Read More

OSHA and MSHA

OSHA and MSHA are using every tool at their disposal to ensure that employers are in compliance with applicable standards and rules. We provide comprehensive legal services to employers seeking to comply with federal and state OSHA/MSHA rules, defend against agency enforcement actions, and participate in agency rulemaking proceedings... Read More

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Austin, TX

BLR Safety Summit: Heat Stress - Comprehensive Planning Strategies for Preventing Heat Illness at Work

April 5, 2017 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM CST
701 E 11th St - Austin, TX

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Austin, TX

BLR Safety Summit: Safety Secrets for Managing the Temporary Workforce

April 5, 2017 - 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM CST
701 E 11th St - Austin, TX

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Roanoke, VA

Virginia Forestry Summit: The Benefit of Becoming an OSHA Wisperer - How to Speak the Language of Regulators

May 4, 2017 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
110 Shenandoah Ave NE - Roanoke, VA

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February 22, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert after Mining Deaths

February 22, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a “fatal accidents alert” after two separate mining accidents claimed the lives of two miners within a 24-hour period. The alert lists best practices to avoid accidents. The safety agency said the victims in the two incidents were working alone and in restricted areas... Read More

February 22, 2017

OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Injury and Illness Summaries

February 22, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reminded employers they must post a copy of the agency’s “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses” (Form 300A) summarizing job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2016. OSHA said that each year, between February 1 and April 30, employers must... Read More

February 8, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Announces Final Rule for Examination of Working Places in Metal, Nonmetal Mines

February 8, 2017

Examinations of working places should be conducted before miners begin work in those places and miners should be notified of hazardous conditions found during examinations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced in a final rule amending existing standards to improve the quality of working place examinations in metal and... Read More

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February 17, 2017
Wolters Kluwer Employment Law Daily

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Provide Commentary, Insight in Wolters Kluwer Briefing on Labor and Employment Law Developments for 2017

February 17, 2017

Commentary and insight from Jackson Lewis attorneys K. Joy Chin, Paul Patten, Richard I. Greenberg, Jeffrey W. Brecher, Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Howard M. Bloom and Philip B. Rosen are featured in Wolters Kluwer's "Federal agencies: What happened in 2016-will 2017 be different?", a briefing on labor and... Read More

February 9, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

Bradford Hammock Discusses OSHA’s Silica Exposure Rule Under the Trump Adminisrtration

February 9, 2017

Bradford Hammock discusses the Trump administration delaying their decision on defending OSHA’s silica exposure rule in court in "Trump Needs Time to Consider Silica Rule’s Fate, Industries Say," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 2, 2017
BuiltWorlds Media

Brad Hammock Comments on OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Dust Regulations

February 2, 2017

Brad Hammock comments on employers becoming compliant with OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Dust Regulations in "Top takeaways from World of Concrete," published by BuiltWorlds Media. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Injury and Illness Summaries
February 23, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reminded employers they must post a copy of the agency’s “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses” (Form 300A) summarizing job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2016.  To read the full article, written by Nickole Winnett, click here.… Read More

Signs that OSHA Priorities are Shifting Under the Trump Administration?
February 22, 2017

There are new developments related to OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule and the Volks Rule.  As a reminder, the Electronic Recordkeeping Rule requires certain employers to electronically file their OSHA recordkeeping data with OSHA as well as heightens scrutiny related to both drug testing and safety incentive programs.  The Volk Read More

OSHA Law Blog Live Season 3 Episode 1: How to Handle an OSHA Inspection
February 21, 2017

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