Workplace Safety, OSHA and CDC Compliance
What can my business do better? Entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses ask this when seeking ways to increase profits. For business owners looking to increase profits, there are only three ways to achieve this goal: raise prices, cut costs, or increase production. Unfortunately, business owners are usually limited in their ability to raise prices, so decisions frequently come down to deciding between cutting costs and increasing production.
Too often, business owners wrongfully select cost-cutting measures as a way to increase profits. While cutting costs may appear to be the easiest solution, in reality, it creates new problems for businesses at the expense of workplace safety. Delaying necessary repairs or failing to implement safety improvements can create unsafe working conditions for employees and generate losses for businesses separate and apart from depreciation on their assets. Businesses with unsafe working conditions operate with a significantly higher risk for liability from workplace accidents, experience lower productivity, and see higher employee turnover; all of which can result in decreased profits. Additionally, unsafe working conditions create potential liability under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), which imposes random safety inspections upon businesses and inflicts substantial fines and penalties upon violators. Lastly, businesses must now consider COVID-19 or infectious diseases’ operating requirements issued by the CDC or risk a shut down.
Prudent business owners who wish to increase profits should always consider trying to increase production. Not only are routine repairs, regular maintenance, frequent inspections, and employee training good for ensuring workplace safety, they also improve employee morale and increase production, which will ultimately improve profits. In a world where salaries are paid within a market range, hiring top talent at positions, which increases productivity, can come down to factors separate and apart from the salary. The easiest way for a business to differentiate itself from its competition is to be a place where employees like to work and feel safe.
Jimerson Birr offers workplace safety, OSHA compliance, and CDC compliance services to our clients. Our clients come from a variety of different industries and are businesses that are looking to improve workplace safety and productivity. Our attorneys’ understanding of state and federal safety law, coupled with their expertise in OSHA and CDC COVID-19 regulations, allows them to identify potential workplace safety risks that could potentially expose businesses to liability. When analyzing workplace safety challenges, our attorneys work with our clients, not as lawyers but as trusted business advisors, in the development of practical, cost-effective solutions that align with their business objectives. Our firm also performs due diligence for clients after an accident or investigation, and our attorneys identify potential causes, defenses, liability exposure, and improvements. Additionally, our attorneys inform clients on OSHA or CDC requirements and help them develop plans to prepare for inspections, interviews, or follow-ups. We strive to make our services value adds for our clients that endure long after the end of our services by helping our clients develop an organizational mentality aimed at promoting employee health and safety that also complies with OSHA and CDC requirements.
Should clients approach us after an OSHA or CDC compliance inspection results in violations, our firm represents clients throughout the litigation process. Our attorneys investigate alleged compliance violations and develop strategies aimed at achieving the best possible results for our clients. Though our firm is renowned for our litigation expertise, our attorneys will explore negotiation and settlement for penalties or fines when appropriate. Should defending our clients at trial be necessary, our clients rest assured knowing our firm will provide the best possible defense that minimizes exposure to fines or penalties.
Jimerson Birr workplace safety, OSHA, and CDC compliance legal services include:
- Performing audits and inspections of existing workplace safety policies and operations to identify potential safety risks and OSHA or CDC compliance violations
- Developing practical, cost-effective solutions to improve workplace safety that also ensures OSHA and CDC compliance
- Performing due diligence in response to employee accidents or investigations to identify potential causes, defenses, liability exposure, and improvements
- Comprehensive OSHA violation defense services, including investigating alleged violations, resolving OSHA disputes prior to trial when appropriate, and providing trial counsel focused on achieving the best possible results for our clients
- Representation for alleged CDC violations, aimed at developing operating procedures that meet COVID-19 regulations and expediting approvals that allow our clients to resume operations
Jimerson Birr is a premier law firm with a market-leading workplace safety practice that is tailored to the nuances of the industries we serve. Our teams have a global perspective and strong Florida roots. Our clients look to us to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, passion and creativity to resolve workplace safety challenges effectively and cost efficiently.
We’re honored to work with some of the world’s most accomplished organizations and the leaders who drive them. We know that on any given day our clients are confronting competition, corporate advancement, risk management, process and product innovation, resource allocation, efficiency stewardship and talent oversight problems; some days all the above. When our clients place workplace safety matters with us, they enlist sets of broad shoulders that carry their burdens for them so that they no longer feel their weight. This deep business partnership will give us both an opportunity to be at our best.
We draw on the strength of our character and talents to deliver the best of our firm to every client through true collaboration. On those occasions where our client is concerned it may have erred or is accused of being in the wrong, we help them become right. We don’t confuse effort with results, and we focus on the immutable, allied goals at all times. Partnership with Jimerson Birr on workplace safety matters means that you are not looking in any direction but ahead.