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Managing Safety Risk Takers: Legal Disciplinary Strategies for Workers Who Disregard Safety Obligations in California

Managing Safety Risk Takers: Legal Disciplinary Strategies for Workers Who Disregard Safety Obligations in California

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Managing Safety Risk Takers: Legal Disciplinary Strategies for Workers Who Disregard Safety Obligations in California

Live Webinar: Thursday, March 29, 2018

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Take the time to make sure you have all the pieces in place for a comprehensive and successful legal discipline program for workers who disregard safety obligations.



Having an effective and consistent safety program in place for enforcing safety rules, performance, and behavior is vital for a successful program. With that, a written, clear discipline component is absolutely critical in order to have a legally defensible and effective enforcement program.

Without such a component in place, the probability that overall safety results, such as accident frequency, worker’s compensation costs, and employee morale, will start to decline. Additionally, if the program isn’t consistent, you may start to have legal concerns and challenges to worry about. In order to avoid fines, you have to be able to demonstrate to OSHA that your company has implemented a documentable disciplinary program; without this, serious compliance issues may occur and lead to violations, citations, and penalties.

Join us on March 29 with Edwin Foulke Jr., Partner at Fisher & Phillips who has helped many companies design and implement an effective safety enforcement program. Edwin will provide a roadmap for developing and “institutionalizing” an effective enforcement strategy, including infraction discipline, that could be the missing ingredient to your existing program.

You’ll learn:

  • Recent approaches that OSHA has taken relative to legal discipline for workers who disregard safety obligations
  • How to write a clear and fair legal discipline policy that will stand the scrutiny of all parties (including OSHA and unions)
  • Which departments should be involved and in developing your strategy and policy and key components that you must include
  • How to communicate the policy to key groups, especially line supervision and employees, and how to assure the process is properly documented
  • Ensuring employees have been properly trained and understand the safety rules, and how you can document this properly
  • How to ensure management is applying and enforcing all safety rules and regulations

About Your Presenter:

Edwin G. Foulke Jr.Edwin G. Foulke Jr.
Partner
Fisher & Phillips LLP

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr is a partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. Mr. Foulke is co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group in its Atlanta, Georgia office. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, he was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, he served from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history. Mr. Foulke was also the Chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and is the only person in the country to have held both these positions. His practice includes workplace safety compliance and strategic safety planning, whistleblower compliance and litigation involving the 22 whistleblower statutes handled by OSHA, defense of employers in responding to workplace health and safety cases including OSHA citations and providing advice and assistance to employers in responding to workplace fatalities and catastrophic accidents and in legislative and regulatory matters. Mr. Foulke has represented employers in thousands of OSHA inspections and OSHA citation contests. For approximately thirty (30) years, Mr. Foulke has worked in the labor and employment area, specializing in occupational safety and health issues. In 2010, 2011 and again in 2012-13 he was named as one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS Today magazine, as well as being named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine in 2008. Mr. Foulke is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues and one of the top speakers and writers in this area.

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