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Phillip Russell

Phillip B. Russell is an OSHA lawyer who represents electrical and other contractors in all matters relating to workplace safety and compliance, among other labor and employment law issues. He is a shareholder in the Tampa office of the international labor and employment law firm, Ogletree Deakins. Phillip can be reached at phillip.russell@ogletreedeakins.com and (813) 221-7265.

Marijuana Usage is a Workplace Safety Issue

Let’s clear the smoke on this issue – the expanding societal acceptance and legalization of marijuana usage (medical or recreational) poses a substantial workplace safety issue on construction job sites. Contractors should take immediate action to address this expanding risk.

How to Handle an OSHA Investigation

Every company cares about safety and health in the workplace and want their employees to remain healthy. In an effort to protect their employees, companies invest substantial time, effort, and money in trying to create safe and healthy work environments. They would do this without regard to government regulation. Managing compliance with federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, however, is an indispensable part of managing safety in this day and age.