One of the most important responsibilities for employers is providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. That obligation has become more challenging due to an increasing number of compliance regulations, policies and interpretations under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA), and state agencies. Our lawyers help employers meet these requirements, while protecting them from hefty penalties. Employers also rely on us for guidance in situations involving workplace violence, substance abuse and testing.
Companies in a wide variety of industries throughout the nation count on our Workplace Safety and Health lawyers to:
- Provide guidance on federal-OSHA and corresponding state regulations, advising employers on how the regulations apply to their workplaces and operations;
- Assist clients during OSHA inspections, providing advice and representation;
- Be on-the-ground advisors following catastrophic workplace incidents, including accidents and fatalities;
- Represent employers in OSHA litigation;
- Conduct compliance assessments and audits for workplace safety and health issues;
- Prepare or review written safety programs, standard operating procedures, workplace safety rules, and employee handbooks for compliance with local, state, and federal statutes;
- Advise employers on substance abuse and testing, including development of legally compliant testing programs; and
- Develop preventative workplace violence programs that meet OSHA standards.
We pride ourselves on our hands-on experience with, and insight into, the complex network of workplace safety regulations. In assisting employers with workplace safety issues, we keep them apprised of any regulatory or administrative changes and potential legal quagmires. We have on staff a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager to make recommendations and provide additional information on industrial safety issues. We also have one of the most extensive training and education programs, so that managers have the tools to maintain a safe workplace that complies with applicable regulations and avoids liability.