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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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Jun 20

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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
Credits: CLE - 1*, 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
Credits: CLE - 1.0*, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0
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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

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

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June 18, 2018

OSHA Beryllium Standard in Construction

June 18, 2018

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

June 18, 2018

Opioid Crisis Disproportionately Affects Construction Industry: Three Policies to Minimize Associated Risks

June 18, 2018

In October 2017, the White House declared the opioid addiction epidemic to be a “public health crisis.” Not surprisingly, according to an October 2017 article by Construction Dive, this crisis disproportionately affects the construction industry more than any other sector. With an aging workforce in a physically demanding industry,... Read More

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May 30, 2018
Business Insurance

Raymond Perez discusses the OSHRC Requesting Outside Comments to Evaluate Workplace Heat Stress Case

May 30, 2018

Raymond Perez discusses the ​Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission​ (OSHRC) reviewing OSHA’s use of the general duty clause to issue citations against employers for heat-related hazards in "Safety commission drills down on OSHA’s general duty clause," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required to... Read More

May 9, 2018
EHS Today

Matthew Nieman Comments on Implications of Positive Workplace Drug Tests Remaining at 10-Year High

May 9, 2018

Matthew Nieman comments on implications of the number of positive results from employment-related drug tests in 2017 and its threat to workplace safety in "Workforce Drug Positivity at Highest Rate in a Decade," published by EHS Today. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

May 3, 2018
EHS Today

Tressi Cordaro Comments on the Future of OSHA's “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” Regulation

May 3, 2018

Tressi Cordaro comments on implications of OSHA’s recent announcement clarifying that employers in State Plans must submit injury and illness data in ”OSHA State Plan Employers Must Report, Too,” published by EHS Today. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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OSHA Issues Silica Enforcement Memo
June 15, 2018

The silica standard for construction came into effect last year, on September 23, 2017, whereas most provisions of the silica rule as it pertains to general industry and maritime (29 CFR § 1910.1053) take effect this month, on June 23, 2018. Read More

The Joint Commission Issues Seven New Workplace Violence Prevention Recommendations
June 5, 2018

Many healthcare workers experience violence in the workplace often resulting from violent behavior by their patients, clients and/or residents. Read More

OSHA Proposes Limited Extension of the Compliance Dates for Beryllium
June 5, 2018

On May 11th OSHA began enforcement of certain requirements of the beryllium standard.  For generally industry, construction and shipyards this included the permissible exposure limits.  Further, in general industry enforcement began for the requirements of an exposure assessment, respiratory protection, medical surveillance and medical re Read More