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Catastrophic Workplace Event: It Could Happen to You


3/3/22 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm CST

Event Description

Many employers don’t expect a catastrophic event. However, according to Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP and previous Head of OSHA, “While the American workplace is safer than ever, hardly a week goes by without a news report about a plant explosion, a chemical release or an occupational fatality.”

The fact is these events happen, and that’s why it’s critical to have an effective response plan in place.

Reacting after the fact can bring unwanted complications, such as fragmented communication – internally and externally – and delays getting your operations back on line.

The best approach is to have a robust environmental, health and safety program to avoid such incidents as well as knowing how to respond should a catastrophe occur.

During this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Best practices for catastrophic incident response.
  • How to design an effective response plan and who needs to be involved.
  • The essential components of a comprehensive program, from a regulatory perspective and a “commonsense” perspective.
  • Practical and proven strategies for effective internal and external communications.
  • How to determine if, and ensure that, required notifications occur.
  • Key contacts to identify within your company, among first responders and with community organizations.
  • Proven strategies for evacuation and other steps to ensure an event doesn’t become more severe.
  • How to evaluate processes and operations for comprehensive shutdown procedures.
  • Approaches for testing your plan and ensuring that personnel are trained and prepared.
  • How to maintain sensitivity with people impacted by an event.
  • Ways to identify and evaluate third-party resources for plan development, implementation and evaluation.


Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Edwin G. Foulke Jr. is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. He also serves as president of Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions LLC. Before joining Fisher & Phillips, Edwin served as administrator of OSHA from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at the agency, workplace injury, illness and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history. For more than 30 years, Edwin has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues. He also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, filling the role as chair from March 1990 to February 1994. He’s recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on OSH issues.

Tom CecichTom Cecich, President, TFC & Associates

Tom Cecich is president of TFC & Associates, an environmental, safety and health and management consulting firm. He also serves as a strategic advisor for Avetta LLC. Tom was previously vice president of EHS Global Business Support at the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline and held safety management positions at IBM and Allied Chemical Corp. He served as the 102nd president of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is an ASSE Fellow, the society’s highest honor. Tom was also the past president of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and his master’s degree from North Carolina State University, both in industrial engineering. He’s a certified safety professional and a certified industrial hygienist.


Alan FergusonAlan Ferguson, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine

Alan covers worker safety for Safety+Health.



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