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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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Property Management Employment Issues Series: Legal Strategies for Handling Workplace Violence Concerns

September 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - 1.0, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0
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What to Expect from an MSHA Investigation

July 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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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

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September 21, 2018

Help Wanted: What is Driving Labor Shortages in Construction?

September 21, 2018

A “Help Wanted” sign hangs over the construction industry. With job openings outnumbering job seekers, construction firms are experiencing a real pinch in available labor. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reports that 300,000 new jobs were created in the past year, at a time when the unemployment rate is low. Demand... Read More

September 21, 2018

Construction Safety: Opioid Crisis

September 21, 2018

When the White House declared the country in an opioid-addiction crisis back in October 2017, it was not news to the construction industry. Job site hazards and strenuous activity mean that pain disproportionately afflicts construction workers, making them more susceptible to substance abuse, says the Itasca, Illinois-based National... Read More

August 27, 2018

OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction FAQs

August 27, 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a set of 53 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to provide guidance to employers and employees regarding OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. The standard requires employers to limit worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica and to take... Read More

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Bradford Hammock Authors "OSHA Guidance Clarifies Respirable Crystalline Silica Rules"

August 31, 2018

Bradford Hammock authors "OSHA Guidance Clarifies Respirable Crystalline Silica Rules," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 14, 2018
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on OSHA Proposing Changes to Electronic Record-Keeping Rule

August 14, 2018

Tressi Cordaro comments OSHA announcing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the Electronic Recordkeeping Rule in "OSHA Proposes Change to Electronic Record-Keeping Rule," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 2, 2018
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John Surma Authors "Recent Changes to OSHA Regulations That Employers Seem to Miss"

August 2, 2018

John Surma authors "Recent Changes to OSHA Regulations That Employers Seem to Miss," published by DRI The Voice. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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OIG to OSHA “Improve Guidance for Fatality and Severe Injury Reporting”
September 21, 2018

Three years after introducing new severe injury reporting requirements that require employers to report any work-related amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or loss of an eye to OSHA within 24 hours of the incident, and fatalities within 8 hours, the Office of the Inspection General (OIG) conducted an audit to determine if OSHA had ef Read More

OSHA Seeks ACCSH Nominations
September 16, 2018

OSHA is seeking nominations for new members for the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (“ACCSH”).  ACCSH is an advisory committee that provides OSHA guidance and input on the promulgation of standards in the construction industry. The Assistant Secretary appoints a total of fifteen members representing variou Read More

Group Asks Court to Require OSHA to Electronically Accept OSHA 300 Logs and 301 Forms
September 9, 2018

In response to OSHA’s announcement in May this year that the agency would not require the electronic submission of 300 Logs or 301 Forms for employers with establishments of 250 or more employees, Public Citizen,  a consumer rights advocacy group, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Read More