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Safety And Employee Discipline Programs: Implementing An Effective, Legal And Compliant Enforcement Strategy

Webinar: ID# 1023264
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About This Course:
An employer’s disciplinary program is an often-overlooked, yet critical part of its safety program. To comply with OSHA’s safety standards, you must be able to show that you have implemented a documented enforcement strategy.

If you have no enforcement strategy in place and are cited by OSHA, it will be nearly impossible to demonstrate a lack of “knowledge” or use the “unpreventable employee misconduct/isolated incident” defense, exposing you to the risk of costly penalties.

On the other hand, discipline that appears to be retaliatory or connected to injuries and accidents may also subject an employer to citations and penalties, as well as to compensatory and punitive damages. So, it’s crucial for employers to get it right when it comes to enforcing safety rules in the workplace.

Join us when presenter, Gary Visscher, a seasoned safety lawyer who has helped many companies design and implement effective safety enforcement programs, will provide a roadmap for developing and implementing an effective, compliant disciplinary strategy.

Learning Objectives:
  • What recent approaches OSHA has taken when inspecting and evaluating a company’s disciplinary program
  • How to write a comprehensive, clear, and fair disciplinary policy for safety infractions that can stand up to OSHA scrutiny
  • The key components that must be included in your disciplinary policy and best practices for effective implementation
  • How to best communicate the disciplinary program to key groups, especially line supervisors and employees
  • How to generate support and participation from all levels of the organization as you implement your disciplinary program
About Your Presenter:

Gary Visscher, Esq.
Of Counsel
Law Offices of Adele Abrams, P.C.

Gary Visscher is an attorney with extensive experience in government, labor, employment and health and safety law and policy. Since December 2009, Mr. Visscher has been Of Counsel for the Law Offices of Adele Abrams, P.C., a Maryland-based law practice with a focus on labor and employment law and a national practice in workplace safety (OSHA and MSHA) compliance, regulation and enforcement.

Prior to entering into the private law practice, he served in several senior level health and safety related positions in the federal government, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of OHSA and appointments to the US Chemical Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He also served as workplace policy counsel for the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the US House of Representatives from 1989 to 1999 and as Vice President of Employee Relations for the American Iron and Steel Institute.
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