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Friday, March 6, 2020

Managing Drugs and workforce safety issues

In recent years, employers have experienced workplace violence and issues with substance abuse at record rates, both of which have OSHA implications. Workplace violence does not have to result in an injury, an act of assault or homicide, to be considered violent. Incidences of bullying, harassment and intimidation, or impairment on the job, can be precursor events. Because OSHA must be notified of injuries/illnesses arising from workplace violence, suicides, and overdoses on the job, employers need to understand the new rules and best practices on prevention.

Hear from workplace safety and employment law expert, Adele Abrams, on legislation, regulations and on best practices that businesses can integrate into their programs to create a safe and positive workplace culture. The program will include the latest on medical cannabis and employment, as well how to harmonize the ADA's "direct threat to safety" defense with new OSHA policies on drug testing and HIPAA protections.

About Adele l. Abrams, Esq cmsp

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, is an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. who is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a multi-attorney firm with offices in Maryland, Colorado and West Virginia. She represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and she provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. Ms. Abrams is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. She is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, and the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she teaches employment and labor law.

Ms. Abrams is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks, and regular contributor to several trade publications, including PalletCentral. She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017. She is admitted to the Bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court.

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