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Intersection Of OSHA And ADA Compliance: Common Pitfalls In Addressing Workplace Hazards For Workers With Disabilities

Webinar: ID# 1025085
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About This Course:
Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and accompanying regulations can be extremely difficult for safety and HR managers. That’s because there are many issues to be reconciled under each of these federal laws, and if you’re not careful you run the risk of meeting the requirements for one law and not the other.

For example:
  • How do you safely accommodate an employee with a preexisting condition that may cause potential safety issues for that employee or other employees?
  • How do you perform a thorough job hazard and risk assessment that doesn’t leave you open to potential litigation?
  • How do you best address employees with chemical sensitivities?
The list of concerns and potential liability exposures goes on. Don’t get mired in the maze of intersecting compliance obligations under the OSHA and ADA.

Join us for an in-depth webinar led by nationally recognized OSHA attorney Adele Abrams, who will reveal strategies for complying with both sets of regulations in a way that is efficient and cost effective.

You’ll learn:
  • How intersecting ADA and OSHA regulations apply to your organization
  • How Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations define “direct threat to health and safety” and the impact the threat may have on hiring decisions
  • Examples of how ADA compliance obligations may intersect with OSHA general duty clause requirements
  • Pointers for managing return-to-work programs, job reassignments, and light-duty work to keep workers safe under OSHA and comply with ADA reasonable accommodation requirements
  • How to handle situations where workers may have epilepsy or other conditions that could impact their ability to safely perform essential job functions
  • How to tell if telecommuting might be a reasonable accommodation and how to ensure worker safety at a remote location
  • Best practices for developing and documenting what you’re doing to comply with OSHA and ADA requirements, including how to communicate with workers and the role written job descriptions play
  • Tips for performing job risk and hazard assessments that comply with both OSHA and ADA requirements!
About Your Presenter:

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Firm President
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, is an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C. who is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads multi-attorney firm with offices in Maryland, Colorado and West Virginia. She represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. Adele is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law.

Ms. Abrams is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks. She is chair of the National Safety Council’s Business & Industry Division committee on regulatory and legal affairs. She is admitted to the Bars of MD, DC and PA, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court.
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Intersection Of OSHA And ADA Compliance: Common Pitfalls In Addressing Workplace Hazards For Workers With Disabilities
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