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Overview

Specifically, the program will first examine what employers should do during the inspection in order to prepare themselves to defend OSHA citations that they may receive.  It will also explain what steps employers should take, once citations are received, to prepare for handling the OSHA informal conference and any type of mandatory settlement conference if the penalties are over $100,000. 

Additionally, the program will outline effective strategies in preparing for and handling hearings before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission Administrative Law Judges and the Review Commissioners.  Finally, the program will discuss how employers can use different strategies to significantly reducing penalty amounts as well as insuring that proper abatement of the citations is made and the proper certification documented.

Why you should Attend

This program explores effective ways to handle not only the settlement process but also the contest of citations once received.   

Areas Covered in the Session

  • What employers need to be doing during the OSHA inspection to protect themselves in the contest of any citations issued
  • Strategies for handling OSHA informal conferences and how to successfully manage a mandatory settlement conference when penalties exceed $100,000
  • Ways an employer can utilize the settlement process to keep them out of the Severe Violators Enforcement Program
  • Legal arguments that can be made for withdrawing citations as well as reducing their classifications and penalties
  • Things employers should do after receipt of a citation to enhance their successful settlement strategies

Who Will Benefit

  • Safety directors
  • safety professionals
  • HR directors and managers
  • production managers
  • supervisors
  • workers comp managers
  • safety committee members, and maintenance department managers

Speaker Profile

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. Ed also serves as President of Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions LLC. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Ed was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, Ed served in that capacity from April 2006 to November 2008.

During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injury, illness, and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history. For more than 30 years, Ed has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues. He also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, DC, chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994.

Ed has been named one of the "50 Most Influential EHS Leaders" by EHS Today magazine for several years and named one of the "50 Most Influential EHS Leaders" in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues.