Corporate Safety Compliance: OSHA, Ethics, and the Law

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Corporate Safety Compliance: OSHA, Ethics, and the Law

Format:  Hardcover,

315 pages

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publish Date: Apr 2008

ISBN-13: 9781420066470

ISBN-10: 1420066471

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Safety and health professionals face potential legal and ethical issues on an almost daily basis. In a landscape of changing responsibilities and new laws, they often make difficult decisions that can result, in hindsight, in the creation of legal issues and liabilities for themselves and their companies. Written by occupational health and safety expert Ton Schneid, Corporate Safety Compliance: OSHA, Ethics, and the Law provides guidance though the maze of legal issues involving OSHA and OSHRC and how to avoid potential legal liability.

Tackling safety and ethical issues head on, Schneid explores issues in criminal liability for individuals and corporations under the OSHA Act and state criminal codes. He includes methods for achieving and maintaining OSHA compliance, using specific case studies to illustrate ways to avoid or minimize the impact of legal issues. The text addresses not only OSHA regulations and standards but also the legal aspects up to and including OSHRC decisions on specific issues. Additionally, the author examines the ethical issues involved in many of the legal aspects of the safety issues as well as ethical issues in the day-to-day management of safety and health.

The mere mention of the word OSHA scares many people. Often, OSHA has been the much maligned federal agency that was the brunt of attacks from both management and labor organizations. Tom Schneid elucidates the potential legal and ethical issues of the new industrialized workplace. His proactive approach helps you avoid or minimize potential liabilities, where possible, but also gives you the tools to be prepared and knowledgeable in the unique appellate process with OSHA and the OSHRC.


Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publish Date: Apr 2008
ISBN-13: 9781420066470
ISBN-10: 1420066471
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 315
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
About the Authorp. xv
Introductionp. 1
History of OSHAp. 3
OSHA Inspection Proceduresp. 7
Corporate Compliance Managementp. 17
Corporate Risk Assessment Considerationsp. 20
Compliance Risksp. 20
Safety in the Workforcep. 20
Travel Risksp. 20
Fire Risksp. 20
Natural Disaster Risksp. 21
Emergency and Disaster Preparedness (in Facilities)p. 21
In-House Securityp. 21
Workplace Violencep. 21
Industrial Theft and Sabotagep. 21
Cyberterrorismp. 22
Terrorism and External Groups Targeting Specific Industriesp. 22
Pandemics, Avian Flu, and Other Airborne Contaminantsp. 22
Summaryp. 22
Preparing for an Inspectionp. 23
OSHA Inspection Checklistp. 25
OSHA Penalty Structurep. 29
Defenses to an OSHA Citationp. 37
Criminal Sanctions under the OSH Act and Beyondp. 43
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commissionp. 47
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Appeal Proceduresp. 57
Operational Compliancep. 63
Multi-Employer Worksite Issuesp. 71
Workers' Compensation and Safetyp. 75
Other Litigation Issuesp. 87
Private Litigation under the OSH Actp. 87
Negligence Actionsp. 88
OSHA Standards as Defensep. 89
Media Relationsp. 91
Alternative Strategiesp. 92
Summaryp. 92
Other Laws Affecting the Safety Functionp. 93
Americans with Disabilities Actp. 93
Family and Medical Leave Actp. 96
Fair Labor Standards Actp. 97
Title VII of the Civil Rights Actp. 99
Age Discrimination in Employment Actp. 101
Employment and Labor Lawsp. 103
Privacy Lawsp. 106
Ethics in the Safety Professionp. 109
Emerging Issues in Safetyp. 119
Rights and Responsibilities under the OSH Actp. 123
Guide to Review Commission Procedures: Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (August 2005)p. 131
SAMPLE Corporate Compliance Program Checklistp. 159
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissionp. 163
Secretary of Labor v. Summitt Contractors, Inc., Respondent (OSHRC Docket No. 03-1622)p. 169
OSHA: Employee Workplace Rightsp. 247
OSHA Field Inspection Reference Manual CPL 2.103, Section 8 - Chapter IV. Post-Inspection Proceduresp. 261
Workplace Violence: Hazard Awarenessp. 293
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)p. 297
CPL 02-00-124 - CPL 2-0.124 - Multi-Employer Citation Policyp. 301
Indexp. 313

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