Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual


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The Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual is the essential guide to understanding the OSH Act, OSHA standards, and employer obligations associated with safety and health in the workplace.

This book covers topics such as: 

• Recordkeeping requirements
• Reporting requirements
• Inspections
• Citations and civil penalties
• Affirmative defenses 
• Development of a comprehensive health and safety program

In addition to 14 in-depth chapters, the guide provides 31 appendices to help employers stay in compliance with the OSH Act, including:

• Development of a comprehensive health and safety program
• Safety and inspection checklists
• Model hazard communication and lockout/tagout programs
• Sample forms (OSHA Form 300 and hazard assessment)
• State-specific contact information 
• Emergency action plan
• U.S. Department of Labor regional OSHA offices 

This publication was written by Ed Foulke, Jr., a partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP and former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Washington, DC.

Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual was created in collaboration with Fisher & Phillips LLP, and authored by Edwin G. Foulke, Jr..


About the law firm

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Established in 1948, FISHER & PHILLIPS LLP is one of the country’s oldest and largest firms devoted exclusively to representing employers in labor, employment, wage-hour, workplace safety and health, employee benefits, and business immigration law. Our depth and breadth of experience in these niche areas are unsurpassed.

Our practice includes counseling and defending employers under all major federal and state labor, employment, employee benefits, workplace safety and health, and business immigration laws and regulations including,...read more

American Chamber of Commerce Resources

For more than 25 years, ACCR has worked with State Chambers of Commerce and Associations of Business and Industry across the country. Our goal is to provide employers and HR professionals with the resources they need to stay in compliance with the rapidly changing world of employment laws and regulations. Our manuals tell you:

  • what to do
  • how to do it
  • and a little bit of why.

No legalese, no endless strings of case citations…our guidebooks simply get you the answers you need, so that you can get back to business.

If seeing is believing, come explore our Publications section and READ A CHAPTER from a book written specifically for your state.

OUR HISTORY

In the early 1980’s, Dick Apland, the godfather of ACCR, worked for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He found the Chamber struggling as they attempted to sustain themselves on member dues alone. He then... learn more


Topics covered

Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual

About Fisher Phillips LLP

About the Author

Chapter 01: Snapshot - An HR audit

Chapter 02: Introduction

Chapter 03: Duties and responsibilities

Chapter 04: Employer's general duty

Chapter 05: Recordkeeping requirements

Chapter 06: Significant standards

Chapter 07: Inspections

Chapter 08: Citations and civil penalties

Chapter 09: Settling citations

Chapter 10: Procedural and affirmative defenses

Chapter 11: Criminal penalties

Chapter 12: Developing a comprehensive health and safety program

Chapter 13: Whistleblower protections

Chapter 14: Emergency response and preparedness

Appendix A: Required postings

Appendix B: Forms for recording work-related injuries and illnesses

Appendix C: Partially exempt industries from recordkeeping requirements

Appendix D: Safety checklist

Appendix E: State plan review commissions/boards

Appendix F: State plan notice of contest timeline

Appendix G: Emergency action plan checklist

Appendix H: Safety strategies

Appendix I: Model Written Lockout/Tagout Program

Appendix J: National, regional, local and special emphasis inspection programs

Appendix K: OSHA Injury and Illness Recordability Worksheet

Appendix L: Handling violence in the workplace

Appendix M: Safety for temporary employees

Appendix N: Fact Sheet: General industry walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards

Forms and Policies

Sample: Occupational injury and illness reporting policy

Model: Written hazard communication program

Sample: Vaccination acknowledgment

Sample Inspection Checklist

Company Commitment to Safety

Hazard Assessment Form

Model Safety and Health policy

Sample Emergency Action Plan

OSHA Poster - Job Safety, It's the Law

OSHA Form 300A - Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA Form 300 - Forms for Recording Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

Model Written Lockout-Tag Out Program