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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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New Orleans, LA

Young Safety Professionals: Handling an OSHA Enforcement Action

June 10, 2019 - 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM CST
900 Convention Center Blvd - New Orleans, LA

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New Orleans, LA

Safety 2019, the American Society of Safety Professionals’ ("ASSP") Professional Development Conference

June 10, 2019 - 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM EST
900 Convention Center Blvd - New Orleans, LA

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Park Ridge, IL

American Society of Safety Professionals: Webinar on Heat Stress

June 25, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
520 N. Northwest Hwy - Park Ridge, IL

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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: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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What to Expect from an MSHA Investigation

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

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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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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January 23, 2019

U.S. House Committee to Focus on Workforce Protections

January 23, 2019

Signaling a renewed emphasis on workforce protections at the opening of the 116th Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives has changed the name of its committee with jurisdiction over labor matters back to the Committee on Education and Labor. It was called the Committee on Education and the Workforce when Republicans held the... Read More

January 7, 2019

2019: The Year Ahead for Employers

January 7, 2019

Over the past year, state and local governments responded in a variety of ways to national policy, and the midterm elections painted a picture of what’s in store for employers in 2019 and beyond. Jackson Lewis’ annual report outlines upcoming issues, trends, legislation and regulations employers need to be aware of in the coming year... Read More

January 2, 2019

Retail Industry Workplace Law Update – Winter 2019

January 2, 2019

Class Action Trends Report The latest issue of our quarterly report on developments in class action litigation focuses on “joint employers” and covers the following topics: Are you my employer? A patchwork of tests Only in California Prevention pointer Read the Report … OSHA: Certain Safety Incentive Programs, Post... Read More

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May 1, 2019
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Trever Neuroth Comments on CAL/OSHA Proposing Emergency Regulation on Smoke-Protection after Destructive Wildfire Season

May 1, 2019

Trever Neuroth comments on California's DOSH releasing its proposed Protection from Wildfire Smoke regulation, which outlines minimum air quality standards, communications and training requirements, and engineering and administrative controls for dealing with wildfire smoke in "Proposed wildfire smoke regulation... Read More

March 6, 2019
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Raymond Perez Comments on Implications of OSHRC Chair Announcing Resignation

March 6, 2019

Raymond Perez comments on the implications of Heather MacDougall resigning as Chair from the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, creating concerns about another potential staffing shortage at the review commission in " OSHRC’s MacDougall announces resignation," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be... Read More

February 22, 2019
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Raymond Perez Comments on the Decrease in OSHA Investigators and its Impact on Whistleblower Cases

February 22, 2019

Raymond Perez comments on the increased number of whistleblower complaints coming to OSHA over the last five years, while the number of investigators has declined in "Whistleblower Complaints Up; Investigator Count Down," published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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House Pushes OSHA to Create a Standard Concerning Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Sector
May 13, 2019

Members of the House of Representatives recently introduced legislation that would require the Department of Labor (“DOL”) to promulgate a standard addressing workplace violence in the healthcare and social service industries. Read More

Review Commission Down to One Commissioner. With No Quorum, Decisions Come to a Halt.
May 6, 2019

In 2018 and the early part of 2019, there has been a flurry of interesting decisions from the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (“Commission”). Read More

CAL/OSHA Proposes Emergency Regulation on Smoke-Protection after Destructive Wildfire Season
April 22, 2019

In the wake of the most destructive wildfire season in California history, California’s Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“DOSH”), has issued a proposed emergency regulation intended to protect workers from wildfire smoke. Read More