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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
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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
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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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March 22, 2017

Senate HELP Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for Nominee Acosta to Head Labor Department

March 22, 2017

The Senate Health, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on March 22, 2017, held confirmation hearings on the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor. Acosta was introduced by Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both of whom have known Acosta for years. Rubio described Acosta as... Read More

March 15, 2017

Mine Safety Agency to Award Up to $1 Million in Grants for Education, Training

March 15, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will award up to $1 million in new grants for education and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions at mines in the United States as part of a plan in place since 2006.   The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 established the... Read More

March 15, 2017

House of Representatives Votes to Block OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

March 15, 2017

The House of Representatives has voted to block a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordkeeping rule implemented in the last weeks of the Obama Administration. “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness” was published... Read More

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March 20, 2017
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA’s Record Keeping Requirements Under Injury and Illness Rule

March 20, 2017

Tressi Cordaro discusses the future of electronic record keeping requirements under OSHA’s Injury and Illness Rule in "EHS on Tap: E19 Update on Electronic Recordkeeping, Anti-Retaliation under OSHA’s Injury and Illness Rule," published by HR.BLR.com. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

March 20, 2017
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Bradford Hammock Named Office Managing Principal of Jackson Lewis’ Washington, D.C. Region Office

March 20, 2017

RESTON, VA (March 20, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Bradford T. Hammock has been named Washington, D.C. Region Office Managing Principal. Mr. Hammock succeeds John M. Remy, who led the office since 2007 and has chosen to step down to focus his energy on... Read More

March 3, 2017
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Carla Gunnin Comments on the House of Representatives Voting to Block OSHA Rule

March 3, 2017

Carla Gunnin comments on the House of Representatives voting to block an Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that would have extended the agency's authority to issue citations for record-keeping rule violations from six months to about five years in "House Votes to Block Last-Minute OSHA Rule,... Read More

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OSHA’s Volks Rule Overturned by Congressional Review Act
March 22, 2017

Late today, the Senate voted 50-48 to adopt H.J. Res 83, nullifying OSHA’s rule “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” informally referred to as the “Volks” rule. Read More

EHS on Tap – Update on OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule
March 20, 2017

I recently had the chance to participate in a podcast for BLR’s EHS on Tap…listen in as we discuss the status of OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping rule.… Continue Reading Read More

House of Representatives Votes to Block OSHA Recordkeeping Rule
March 17, 2017

The House of Representatives has voted to block a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordkeeping rule implemented in the last weeks of the Obama Administration. Read More