Webinars & Seminars

EmployerLINC Webinar: Avoiding the hazards of workplace safety programs

Roberta Fields
Chris Paul
Nathan Whatley

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of reported workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities has steadily declined over the past decade. From an employer’s perspective, it would appear that all the time and money invested in workplace safety programs is working. So why is the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) stepping up its efforts to scrutinize and criticize such programs?

Earlier this spring, OSHA issued an official memorandum which attacks employer safety incentive policies and other practices which it believes may discourage the reporting of work-related injuries and lead to unlawful discrimination and possible retaliation against workers who do report injuries. If OSHA’s intent was to aim a shot to kill safety incentive programs then it may have hit the bullseye.

During this one-hour webinar, attorneys Roberta Fields, Chris Paul, and Nathan Whatley review the safety programs and policies targeted in OSHA’s latest memorandum, discuss the likely impact it will have on employer safety programs, and provide practical tips for improving workplace safety while avoiding undue governmental scrutiny.

Topics include:

  • An overview of Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Incentive programs which are likely to be targeted by OSHA inspectors
  • OSHA recommendations for rewarding efforts, not achievements (every participant gets a prize?)
  • How to properly discipline a worker who violates company safety rules
  • How to properly discipline a worker who does not report injuries as specified by company policy
  • How to evaluate the effectiveness of safety programs

Join us for the LIVE BROADCAST on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from noon to 1pm CDT. There is no cost to participate. Please register at the link below to receive access information for the live broadcast as well as to sign up for HRCI credit, if interested. Registration closes at 10:00am on Tuesday, June 12th.
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This program has been approved for 1.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Registration prior to the live event is required to receive HRCI credit for this webinar. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at http://www.hrci.org/.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

June 13, 2012, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM