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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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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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Workplace Safety & Health Webinar Series: The Nuances of State Plans

April 18, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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OSHA Beryllium Standard in Construction

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On January 9, 2017, OSHA issued a final rule adopting a comprehensive standard for exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. A separate standard was promulgated for general industry, construction, and shipyard industries. When OSHA first announced its intent to promulgate a beryllium standard for construction in 2015, the scope... Read More

June 18, 2018

OSHA Recordkeeping: OSHA Only Requiring Electronic Submission of 300A Forms

June 18, 2018

In its latest Regulatory Agenda, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicated that it was undergoing rulemaking to revise the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” regulation promulgated under the Obama Administration. OSHA noted it was considering deleting the requirement for employers with 250 or... Read More

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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

July 16, 2018
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses the Future of OSHA's Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

July 16, 2018

Tressi Cordaro discusses ACCSH's future as the terms of committee members are set to expire on July 18 in "Worker Safety Panel on Verge of Losing Industry, Union Members," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

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OSHA Proposes to Revise Electronic Submissions to Require Only 300A Forms
July 30, 2018

Today OSHA formally published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register revising the Obama-era regulation,  Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The proposed rule rescinds the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from the OSHA 300 Log and 301 F Read More

Michigan OSHA Clarifies Requirements for Eyewashes and Safety Showers
July 26, 2018

Earlier this month MIOSHA released a new Fact Sheet entitled Eyewashes and Safety Showers. Read More

OMB Finishes Review of Revised “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” Rule
July 24, 2018

In a May post we noted that OSHA had moved closer to publishing a proposed rule revising the Obama-era regulation,  Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses by submitting the proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review under Executive Order 12866.  This review was completed yesterday, July 23, and now Read More