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OSHA's New Corporate-Wide Abatement Decision: Defend Against Companywide Safety And Health Violations Across Multiple Worksites

About This Course:
If your company operates more than one facility, your risk of being subjected to enterprise-wide Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement fines and penalties is growing. That’s because a recent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) decision indicates that OSHA may have the authority to order abatement measures beyond specific violations identified in a citation(s) (not just at the facility where the inspection occurred). Therefore, the liability you face could be huge.

Consider that during a recent OSHA inspection of a transportation service provider with operations across North America, one of its facilities was cited for failure to comply with the OSHA powered industrial truck standards. OSHA proposed a whopping fine of $330,000 for 14 violations and, in addition to issuing violations for that specific facility, OSHA also required enterprise-wide abatement for the violations in question.

Join us for a can’t-miss webinar and learn the impact this latest OSHA enforcement decision has on your organization. Attorney Howard Mavity will advise you on how to share the new policy to senior management, and how you can prepare and protect your organization in the face of additional exposure from the policy.

Learning Objectives
  • Interpret the impact of the recent OSHRC decision on OSHA enterprise-wide enforcement authority
  • Explain the impact of this decision to senior management
  • Evaluate your legal risks in light of OSHA’s broadened reach
  • Minimize your organization’s exposure to enterprise-wide enforcement by performing audits to identify and address potential areas of concern
  • Ensure that your facilities are properly prepared for an OSHA inspection to minimize your exposure to enterprise-wide penalties and fines
About Your Presenter

Howard Mavity
Fisher & Phillips LLP

Howard Mavity is a senior partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. He founded and co-chairs the firm’s nationwide Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. In 2013, he was named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS-Today. Mr. Mavity draws upon his past business experience in transportation, logistics, construction, and industrial supply to work with clients as a business partner.

Mr. Mavity focuses on eliminating employee problems by commonsense management. He has provided counsel for over 225 occasions of union activity, guided unionized companies, and has managed approximately 500 OSHA fatality cases in construction and general industry, ranging from dust explosions to building collapses, in virtually every state. Mr. Mavity has coordinated complex inspections involving multi-employer sites, corporate-wide compliance, and issues involving criminal referral. He also responds to virtually every type of day-to-day workplace inquiry, and has handled cases before the EEOC, OFCCP, NLRB, and numerous other state and federal agencies.
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