Beveridge & Diamond blends legal and technical expertise to provide clients with in-depth coverage of OSHA rulemaking, enforcement, and compliance issues.
B&D’s focus on environmental law and litigation extends to the environment, health, and safety (EHS) aspects of the workplace. Our lawyers—including former in-house EHS counsel at multinational corporations—have decades of experience advising companies on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and their state counterparts.
While seemingly straightforward, federal and state OSHA obligations can get complicated, quickly. We help companies dig into the specifics of how operations might affect workers, how best to comply with standards and recordkeeping, and how to respond to OSHA enforcement—from administrative investigations and whistleblower actions to toxic tort and class action defense in a full range of EHS non-compliance allegations.
With nationwide experience in a variety of industries and settings, we know what works, and what doesn’t, when dealing with OSHA. This insight gives our clients a powerful advantage both in achieving compliance and successfully interacting with enforcement agencies when questions arise. Given the priority placed upon the investigation and prosecution of OSHA citations by the federal government, companies cannot afford to be under-prepared.
Federal and state OSHA requirements apply across the entirety of B&D’s client base. This includes manufacturers in the chemical, petrochemical, transportation, and electrical equipment industries, and, on the service side, the food distribution, construction, technology, retail, and entertainment industries.
We represent companies on the federal and state OSHA standards and regulations that govern worker health and safety. This includes representing companies with respect to workplace incidents, federal and state OSHA inspections, and related enforcement.
We have experience with:
- COVID-19 requirements
- Process safety management (PSM)
- Fall protection
- Fire protection
- Walking-working surfaces
- Materials handling and storage
- Hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER)
- Permit-required confined spaces
- Personal protective equipment
- Electrical safety
- Medical surveillance and medical removal
- Industrial hygiene, including respiratory protection
- Occupational exposure limits
- Engineering controls
- Machine guarding
- Maritime standards
- Hazard communication, including the Globally Harmonized System
- Injury and illness recordkeeping and records access
In addition to providing advice regarding OSHA’s PSM standard, we also advise on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk Management Program (RMP) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Facility Standards (CFATS).
B&D has an extensive library of OSHA resources, and we host an annual, multi-part OSHA webinar series that explores developments in OSHA compliance, rulemaking, and enforcement. Recent webinars have addressed the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, nuts and bolts of the PSM standard, recent trends in OSHA compliance and enforcement, and best practices for responding to a workplace incident.