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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

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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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June 25, 2019

The Aging Construction Industry: Keeping Skilled Employees Longer

June 25, 2019

Workers in the construction industry tend to be older than those in other industries, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The median age of construction workers is 42 years old, a year older than the median in the national labor force. Further, the median age of workers in the industry is 44-45 years old in several U.... Read More

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

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Trever Neuroth Comments on Implications of Cal/OSHA's Proposed Regulations to Protect Workers From Wildfire Smoke

July 1, 2019

Trever Neuroth comments on the implications of Cal/OSHA's recently proposed regulations to protect workers from wildfire smoke in "California wildfire safety rules spark concerns for employers," published by Business Insurance.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 19, 2019
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Carla Gunnin, John Snyder and Ryan Chapoteau Author "Workplace Violence: How to Create a Prevention Plan"

June 19, 2019

Carla Gunnin, John Snyder and Ryan Chapoteau author "Workplace Violence: How to Create a Prevention Plan," published by Employment Enterprises.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 17, 2019
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Trever Neuroth Discusses OSHA's Revised Requirements Under the Standards Improvement Project

June 17, 2019

Trever Neuroth discusses OSHA's final rule under the Standards Improvement Project, which is expected to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve employee safety and health in "OSHA Updates Aim to Reduce Burden on Employers," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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House Democrats Propose Bill Requiring Workplace Heat Standard
July 15, 2019

On July 10, 2019, U.S. House of Representatives Democrats released a bill that, if passed, would require OSHA to develop a federal standard on workplace heat stress. Under the proposed bill, OSHA would have two years to propose a heat protection standard to protect both indoor and outdoor workers. Read More

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta Resigns
July 12, 2019

This morning President Trump announced Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s resignation.  Secretary Acosta resigned under mounting pressure due to his involvement in a 2008 plea deal involving Jeffrey Epstein. Patrick Pizzella, who is the current Deputy Secretary of Labor, will become the Acting Secretary of Labor. Read More

Cal/OSHA Relaxes Proposed Wildfire Smoke Emergency Regulation
May 31, 2019

After receiving over 40 public comments and holding a public meeting on its proposed wildfire smoke emergency regulation, California’s Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“DOSH”), has eased some requirements of the proposed rule. Read More