Valerie Butera Quoted in “OSHA Expands Enforcement of Health Care Industry Policies”

Valerie N. Butera, a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted by, in “OSHA Expands Enforcement of Health Care and Industry Policies,” by Roy Mauer.

Following is an excerpt:

Because there are no specifically applicable regulations related to musculoskeletal disorders or workplace violence, OSHA compliance officers are urged to rely upon the general duty clause, which enables OSHA to issue citations whenever it finds that an employer has failed to provide a safe work environment, said Valerie Butera, an attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of Epstein Becker Green. “Strategic planning is essential to successfully navigating any OSHA inspection, and inspections of inpatient care facilities are imminent. Virtually any type of health care or nursing care facility that provides residential or inpatient services is at risk of an OSHA inspection—particularly if the employer has a high rate of work-related injuries and illnesses,” she said.

Ms. Butera also authored a recent blog post on the topic, titled “As Promised, OSHA Targets Health Care and Nursing Homes for Enforcement Actions.”