The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. The Act aims to ensure that employers provide their employees with a safe working environment. The agency accomplishes this by creating and enforcing regulations, conducting inspections, providing educational information, and offering outreach to employers and workers.
State-Run OSHA Plans
Federal OSHA has authorized states to operate their own occupational safety and health plans as long as those plans are “at least as effective” as OSHA’s federal program. Oregon is one such jurisdiction with an established OSHA-approved state plan that covers both private, state, and local government workers. So, in addition to complying with OSHA at the federal level, construction businesses are also legally bound to adhere to the unique requirements of their own state-run OSHA programs.
If you do not understand what is required of you to keep your workplace safe, it is highly recommended that you speak with a Portland OSHA attorney who has extensive experience in OSHA defense.
Why Portland OSHA Lawyers Are Necessary
Achieving a healthy and safe work environment free of recognized hazards takes diligence and an understanding of the federal and local laws that govern your jurisdiction. As an Oregon construction business owner, you need to know what state and federal rules apply to you so you can maintain compliance. Our Portland OSHA lawyers are intimately familiar with these laws and know that it can be a challenge for employers to understand the nuances of each program.
How Cotney Construction Law Can Help You
We all know that safety comes first, but we also know that it can be a challenge to achieve this goal in today’s increasingly complex regulatory environment. A Portland OSHA attorney from our firm can assist you with understanding and complying with the broad and complicated OSHA laws and regulations that pertain to your business. We are experienced in OSHA processes and can provide you with first-class, aggressive OSHA defense. Our services include assisting you with:
- Developing and maintaining an effective safety program
- Conducting compliance audits to minimize risks
- Responding to citations against your business
- Inspections and investigations
- Retaliation and whistleblower claims
- Representation in serious, repeat, and willful violations
- Participation in OSHA conferences
If you are in need of a professional construction law firm, please submit our contact request form for more information.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.