Karen E. Ford, Esq


 Employers have a critical responsibility to safeguard employee health and safety which includes such far ranging issues as dangerous equipment, potentially harmful substances and violence in the workplace. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of both occupational safety and health regulations, and the civil and criminal penalties faced by employers if they fail to comply.
Ford & Associates offers counsel to help employers meet their obligations and representation to protect employers from litigation and penalties.
Ford & Associates assists employers in this area by:

  • providing guidance on the application of, and compliance with, Federal-OSHA and corresponding state standards and regulations to workplaces and operations;
  • advising and representing clients during OSHA inspections or injury/illness investigations;
  • representing employers in the event of OSHA litigation;
  • assisting employers in achieving compliance and avoiding OSHA breaches; and
  • preparing or reviewing written safety programs, standard operating procedures, workplace safety rules, and employee handbooks for compliance with local, state, and federal statutes.

Ford & Associates assists employees in this area by assisting them to make effective complaints to the appropriate agencies and to pursue claims of retaliation and other safety related matters.