Since its start, OSHA has adopted and promulgated a number of health and safety standards that impact private employers throughout the country.
OSHA opened for business in April 1971 and covered 56 million workers at 3.5 million workplaces. Today, there are approximately 105 million private sector workers and employers at 6.9 million sites that OSHA regulates.
The highest of standards
Our employment practice predates OSHA by more than 40 years. We have witnessed OSHA’s formation, evolution, and expansion. We proactively work with our clients to ensure that they comply with the multitude of OSHA standards, as well as any applicable state and local obligations, and impose the appropriate workplace standards to protect their employees.
Proceed with caution, and counsel
Complying with OSHA regulations and applicable state and local standards is critical to ensuring your workplace is free from hazards that can cause injury or illness to your employees and adversely impact your business – such as overall business operations, labor issues, civil or criminal liability issues, and your company’s reputation. With extensive experience under our belts, we understand and can anticipate the consequences that may arise as a result of being in violation of OSHA’s safety and health standards.
When OSHA or local authorities do show up at your doorstep, we will be there to advise you both during and after the inspection. But the key to minimizing an OSHA or local workplace safety agency visit is ensuring that your business follows the applicable health and safety standards. As your partner, we will work with you and your health and safety professionals to conduct audits of your workplace, protocols, records, and training programs to ensure your business is in compliance. We provide guidance to managers, describe the procedures employed by OSHA and local authorities during an inspection, and outline what to expect after an inspection – giving you peace of mind throughout the process.
We will not let you fall down on the job
We are committed to you each step of the way — before, during, and after an inspection occurs.
- Coordinating safety and health audits
- Assisting you in setting up safety and health programs, including any required training program
- Advising you on establishing and maintaining required recordkeeping under OSHA’s regulations
During Inspection Counseling
- Advising you of your rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and any applicable state or local law
- Advising you and your managers on how to respond to requests for certain information made by OSHA or a local workplace safety agency during or after an inspection
- Advising you on your employees’ rights during an OSHA or local workplace safety agency inspection
After Inspection Counseling
- Assisting you in correcting alleged violations identified during a workplace safety inspection
- Attending OSHA’s or the local state agency’s informal settlement conference to resolve any outstanding citations
- Preparing and reviewing settlement documents on your behalf
- Assisting you in contesting citations, if necessary
- Representing you in proceedings in front of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission or in court involving contested citations