Our global health and safety law team provides clients with comprehensive legal advice on workplace safety and compliance issues, including the provision of health and safety policies, audits and management systems, as well as assisting with incident investigations, addressing regulatory orders and directives and the defense of prosecutions. Our lawyers know that workplace health and safety is a major area of risk for all organizations and one which requires a robust governance system from boards downward, including effective auditing and reporting and continuous improvement.
We collaborate with in-house client teams and technical practitioners to provide commercial and pragmatic legal advice on the full range of health and safety issues including security and anti-terrorism measures.
Drawing upon our established relationships with regulators and prosecutors and a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ businesses, noting that we have particular experience in key industry sectors including energy and utilities, healthcare and medical devices, transport and heavy industry and manufacturing (including food manufacturing), we are well-positioned to help develop risk mitigation strategies to safeguard reputational and operational threats.
In the US, the risks from state and federal enforcers are significant and increasingly rapidly, making it important for companies to engage legal counsel who can act quickly, provide practical guidance and vigorously defend the company’s interests. We know the ropes when it comes to compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) standards and regulations, and have represented every type of employer and facility, from oil refineries and pipelines, to construction sites, to food processing facilities, to industrial equipment manufacturers and power generation facilities, to corporate employers.
We have a track record of success containing legal issues, avoiding additional proceedings, resolving matters quickly, avoiding unnecessary publicity and winning at the various stages of proceedings. Our national OSHA team has notable experience in representing employers in complex incident investigations and administrative and court proceedings under OSHA and similar acts. Generally, in these investigations, we have worked cooperatively and effectively with OSHA representatives and government attorneys so that determinations favorable to the client are obtained which can provide leverage for successful citation negotiations and resolutions of often-accompanying civil, and even criminal, matters.