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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

  • 18
  • October
  • 2018


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Mentor Fail: #MeToo No Excuse

Last Saturday, I was at the luggage return of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston after a long business trip to Rome. While standing there, I noticed three people, two older men and a younger woman, who obviously all worked for the same company.

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  • 11
  • October
  • 2018


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OSHA Still Serious About Silica in the Fracking Industry

When asked to speak on safety and OSHA issues at Vinson & Elkins’ Eighth Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium last week, I knew that one subject would dominate my presentation. Much like the PSM standard, which became the primary concern of refiners and chemical companies after OSHA stepped up its enforcement of PSM compliance following the 2005 explosions at BP’s refineries in Texas City, there is no question that the new silica standard is becoming the most significant challenge for health and safety managers in the fracking business (see our previous silica standard coverage here).

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  • 02
  • October
  • 2018


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Simply Because OSHA Says Something is RAGAGEP Doesn’t Make it So

Over six years ago, two colleagues and I tried a month-long trial in the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, in which we challenged 65 Process Safety Management (“PSM”) citations that OSHA had issued to a large petroleum refinery in Ohio. A year later, the Administrative Law Judge vacated all but five of the citations and reduced the $2,870,000 penalty to $35,000.

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