Clark Hill’s attorneys help businesses navigate and comply with the maze of workplace health and safety legislation and standards that apply to their workforces. From U.S. federal, state, and local regulations to cross-border considerations, Clark Hill provides a full-range of workplace health and safety legal services, including holistic environmental, health, and safety (EHS) advising.
Our cross-disciplinary team consists of Labor & Employment, Environmental, and other attorneys, who partner with technical consultants, as needed, to advise clients across different industries and sectors on workplace health and safety regulatory compliance, workplace incident response, government agency investigation and enforcement defense, and more. Our team also has experience with multi-client and class action suits, discrimination claims, and whistleblower claims.
We Help Clients:
- Navigate the full range of workplace health and safety law at all levels, including addressing issues involving the various agencies in charge of different health and safety areas (e.g., OSHA, EPA, CSB, DOJ, NTSB, ATF, and state and local agencies).
- Develop and implement compliance programs that identify and address the multi-agency requirements applicable to each workplace, including the necessary training programs, recordkeeping systems, and standard operating procedures.
- Investigate, respond to, and report on workplace incidents, including fatalities and severe injuries with minimal disruptions and with effective correction actions in place to avoid repeat incidents and to protect employees.
- Consider complex legal risk and mitigate liability associated with unique events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Conduct on-site health and safety audits for compliance with applicable requirements, including internal corporate policies and international best standards, such as ISO 45001.
- Manage regulated materials issues, including chemical release reporting; hazardous materials transportation per DOT, IATA, IMO, and similar regulations; and chemical inventory management (e.g., GHS labeling and SDS management).
- Oversee workplace environmental testing for airborne contaminants and potentially toxic substances, such as asbestos, silica, and mold.
- Develop, implement, and maintain prevention programs as required under OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard (PSM) and EPA’s Risk Management Program Rule (RMP).
- Handle inspections and enforcement actions under multiple applicable laws overseen by U.S. authorities, such as OSHA, or their foreign equivalents (e.g., Ministries of Labor), and whistleblower complaints to avoid retaliation complaints.