February 2014

On Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, in conjunction with the Grain Journal, the national OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker & Green delivered a webinar focused on “Preparing For and Managing an OSHA Inspection at a Grain Handling Facility.”  The 90-minute webinar, including a Q&A session, was recorded, and the Grain Journal has made the recording available online.

While this briefing touched on some unique enforcement issues at grain handling facilities, the background information about OSHA inspections and the strategies and recommendations are applicable across all industries.

The February 11th webinar about preparing for and managing an OSHA inspection was particularly important now, because OSHA has increased enforcement to levels never seen before, from huge increases in the numbers of inspections, civil penalties, and citations characterized as “willful” or “repeat,” to more criminal referrals.  OSHA has also introduced more aggressive strategies during inspections, creating a minefield for employers across all industries.  The grain industry in particular, however, has been under a unique level of scrutiny.  The consequences of an employer in the grain industry being caught unprepared for an OSHA inspection, therefore, are more dire now than ever.

Topics covered in the webinar:

  • Employers’ Goals for an OSHA inspection
  • Steps employers should take before OSHA begins an inspection
  • Employers’ and employees’ workplace inspection rights
  • Stages of OSHA inspections, with tips to manage each stage.

The recording includes an audio broadcast with a video of the accompanying PowerPoint presentation.  Here is a link to the recording of the Preparing for and Managing an OSHA Inspection Webinar.

This was the third OSHA law briefing in a series of webinars for the grain industry in conjunction with the Grain Journal.  The first webinar in the series, presented in September 2013,  was entitled “New OSHA Sweep Auger Enforcement Policies… How They Will Affect You,” and the second, delivered in December 2013, was entitled “Railcar Fall Protection: What OSHA Requires of Grain Elevator Operators.”

Epstein Becker & Green is proud to report that Corporate INTL Magazine has named our national OSHA Practice Group based out of Washington, DC as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” in its 2014 Global Awards.

Here is a press release that EBG put out about the award.

The award was given after Corporate INTL’s research department conducted extensive reviews, drew insight from business leaders, advisers and investors throughout the world, and took feedback over the past year from the readership of Corporate INTL Magazine (over 70,000 company leaders and advisers), law firm partners, in-house counsel, CFO’s, CEO’s and Corporate Directors from all over the world.

According to Corporate INTL:

The award praises the work of firms who have been successful over the past 12 months in portraying excellent know-how and business savvy. Firms are selected based on independent research the magazine conducts as well as feedback from its editorial team. Selection is based on service type, service range, business type, geographical location, how the business operates, and the expertise each team can offer to companies that either trade or may want to trade in their chosen jurisdiction.  Corporate Intl is at the forefront of connecting corporate leaders to the world’s top lawyers, consultants and accountants since its founding in 2005.