Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook

Bernan. 4th ed. Nov. 2023. 354p. ed. by John D. Surma. ISBN 9781641434577. $119. REF
This through exposition of workplace safety law is written by attorneys from a leading corporate defense law firm. In 17 chapters, the book discusses the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act, which gave the federal government the power to set and enforce health and safety standards for most workers. This book includes an overview of that law and provides endnotes with regulatory and case law citations. The rule making process and the implementation of the law are also covered. This is not a handbook in the sense of being instructional. Instead, it’s a treatise designed to explain the technical aspects of the law. For executives responsible for safety at an industrial facility, or company counsel, the book is useful; it introduces readers to Ogletree Deakins, a multinational firm that represents many large corporations in these cases. Of interest to the intended more general audience are a list of the most common OSHA standards in citations, comments about how enforcement declined significantly during the Trump administration, and advice about handling surprise compliance inspections.
VERDICT Companies and their safety employees will appreciate this updated, well-written, authoritative summary of OSHA law and practice.
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