Workplace Safety for Women: New Requirements Under OSHA & EEOC
As more women are entering safety professions or taking positions that put them at risk, employers need to better understand the unique challenges their female employees face.
Female workers face not only the standard workplace health and safety risks, but also face additional challenges including improperly fitting PPE, unique responses to workplace chemicals, and threats to personal safety from sexual harassment and assault on the job.
Under the new Administration, more emphasis is now placed on addressing the unique safety concerns and needs of workers. Both OSHA and the EEOC can respond to allegations from employees, and the results can be costly for companies and even result in debarment for certain contractors.
This 60-minute program will give employers and safety leaders clear guidance on providing workplace protections for women, and how to appropriately address issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion when developing legally effective OHS and HR programs.
Join safety expert Adele Abrams to learn:
- Which OSHA standards are implicated when addressing women and safety/health in the workplace
- How OSHA defines workplace violence to include harassment and bullying, and how that is actionable under the General Duty Clause
- The interface between OSHA and the EEOC in investigating and prosecuting workplace harassment and retaliation claims
- How temporary and contingent workers, many of whom are women, are at particular risk of workplace injury and fatality
- Best practices for protecting workers, investigating complaints and appropriate documentation
Unique Safety Risks and Challenges of Your Female Employees
- Special considerations for Personal Protective Equipment selection for women and other vulnerable populations
- Additional considerations for employers that employ women in non-traditional positions
- Addressing workplace violence - the #1 cause of death for women in the workplace
- Why current chemical exposure limits may not sufficiently protect women
- COVID-19’s impact on women’s workplace safety
Legal Actions and Requirements to Protect Women Workers
- How workplace violence has been expanded by OSHA to encompass harassment and bullying, creating dual exposure for prosecution with the EEOC
- OSHA enforcement trends under the General Duty Clause and other standards impacting the safety and health of women
- Whistleblower complaints to OSHA that can result in cross-referrals to the EEOC and dual penalty exposure
- OSHA’s increased prosecutions against employers who violate workers’ Section 11C Whistleblower Protections.
- DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) programs: must now include elements addressing disparate protections and involvement in OHS programs
About the Speaker
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP is an attorney, safety professional and trainer who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltsville, MD, Charleston, WV, and Denver, CO, a multi-attorney firm focusing on safety, health and employment law nationwide.
Adele is a certified mine safety professional and she also provides consultation, safety audits and training services to MSHA and OSHA regulated companies. Adele is a regular columnist for numerous magazines on legal, employment, mine and occupational safety/health issues, and is co-author of several books related to mining, construction, employment law, and occupational safety and health.
She is a member of the Maryland, DC and Pennsylvania Bars, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC and Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC, 3rd and 4th Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center, and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
In this 60-minute program you will gain better insight into the additional safety challenges your female employees face, OSHA and EEOC regulations protecting women workers, and steps employers can take to create a safer work environment for them.
If you'd like this program customized for your organization, call us at 1-800-964-6033. We're certain we can fulfill your training needs, while making it fit in your budget!
This program has been approved for 1 (HR (General)) recertification credit hour toward aPHRTM, aPHRiTM, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRiTM and SPHRiTM recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Learn more at hrci.org
For this one hour program you may claim 0.05 continuance of certification points (COC's) from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).
Please submit a request to obtain proof of your participation and a certificate of attendance will be emailed within 2-3 days.