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Audits and Inspections: Ensuring Compliance and Limiting Legal Liability - On-Demand

Audits and Inspections: Ensuring Compliance and Limiting Legal Liability - On-Demand

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Audits and Inspections: Ensuring Compliance and Limiting Legal Liability - On-Demand

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WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: OHS management involves various types of inspections and audits, both mandated and voluntary. These can raise legal liability – civil and criminal – for the individual and company if not properly managed. This webinar will outline how to conduct and document these activities in a legally effective manner.

Workplace audits carry a number of benefits, from identifying potential violations in advance of inspections, bringing an objective viewpoint to identify opportunities to improve safety processes, or obtaining certification with a consensus standard such as OHSAS 18001 or ISO 14000 or eligibility for OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). In addition, number of OSHA standards require inspections that could be characterized as audits. But regulations are minimum standards; by themselves, they do not ensure a safe workplace. For companies that seek to exceed minimum compliance, audits that go beyond required inspections can be an important tool to identify gaps and improve safety performance.

However, if not properly managed, audits can create an incriminating paper trail that can substantiate violations, heighten liability for negligence, and even trigger criminal prosecutions. Therefore, it’s important to have a strategy for controlling the flow of information, acting quickly on identified hazards, and documenting corrective actions to ensure that your audit process helps rather than harms your organization.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the best uses for an audit at your facility
  • Properly manage audit documents to avoid unwanted disclosures while complying with applicable laws and regulations
  • Create a system for identifying, mitigating, and documenting corrective actions for hazards identified during the audit process
  • Distinguish the documents that must be disclosed to OSHA on request from those that may be protected by privilege
  • Use audits to take your safety performance to the next level

About Your Presenter

Adele Abrams

Adele Abrams, Esq.

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Maryland, Colorado, and West Virginia. The firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation nationwide, and her firm also handles employment law matters in a large number of states. Abrams and her firm colleagues provide employment and safety law consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries.

She is a member of multiple federal courts and state bars including the US Supreme Court. She also serves on the adjunct faculties of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

She has been a professional member of ASSE (now ASSP) since 1997 and has been a SPY award recipient multiple times. She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017.