Valerie Butera Quoted in “3 OSHA Trends to Watch for in 2015”

Corporate Counsel

Valerie Butera, Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Corporate Counsel, in “3 OSHA Trends to Watch for in 2015,” by Rebekah Mintzer. (Read the full version — subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt from the article:

“Employers have always been required to immediately report work-related fatalities and hospitalizations of three or more employees to OSHA, but the new requirements regarding the immediate report of a single hospitalization, amputation and loss of an eye, will enable OSHA to quickly identify work sites for inspection that it might not have identified before,” said Valerie Butera, a member of Epstein Becker & Green’s labor and employment practice and the webinar’s main speaker. …

Therefore, in 2015 employers won’t be able to afford to make mistakes when it comes to temps. “Make sure that in addition to protecting your own employees, you’re complying with OSHA’s policies and best practices for contractors and temporary employees,” she said. “Training is particularly important here. Your temporary employees must be provided with the same degree of safety training you provide your own employees.” It’s a safe bet, she added, to treat a temp as one of your own, giving him or her the same personal protective equipment and hazardous communication instruction that a regular worker would receive.

The article refers to Ms. Butera's recent Epstein Becker Green webinar “OSHA Forecast: Developments to Watch in 2015 and Beyond”—a complimentary video of the webinar is available there.