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Lawrence Halprin is nationally recognized for his work in the areas of occupational safety and health, and chemical regulation, at the federal and state levels. His occupational safety and health practice covers all aspects of legal advocacy, including: representing clients in Federal and state OSHA investigations and enforcement actions; compliance counseling and training; incident investigations, compliance audits and program reviews; participation in OSHA, NIOSH, EPA and MSHA rulemakings and stakeholders processes, including Small Business Reviews under SBREFA; pre-enforcement challenges to final agency rules; legislative reform and oversight; and participation in the development of national consensus standards under the ANSI process, and TLVs under the ACGIH process.
Mr. Halprin's engineering background and historical knowledge of agency rulemakings have greatly enhanced his ability to provide compliance counseling and represent clients in enforcement actions. He has extensive experience with federal and state OSHA investigations and enforcement actions involving: chemical emergency response, chemical process safety management, chemical hazard communication, combustible dust, confined spaces, electrical safety, the General Duty Clause, (Cal-OSHA) injury and illness prevention programs, injury and illness recordkeeping, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, noise, powered industrial trucks, respiratory protection, and alleged employer retaliation claims.
Mr. Halprin's engineering background and financial background have been particularly useful in evaluating and critiquing OSHA, EPA and MSHA rulemaking proposals and suggesting alternative approaches. On behalf of one or more clients, Mr. Halprin has participated in almost every major OSHA rulemaking initiative over the past 25 years and numerous Cal-OSHA rulemakings.
Mr. Halprin also counsels individual companies and trade associations regarding a broad range of chemical control and management activities regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau (ethanol regulations), and investigations conducted by the Chemical Safety Board. He works with clients in developing, implementing and auditing environmental, health and safety, and product stewardship management programs.
Mr. Halprin has a hands-on familiarity with the manufacturing environment and has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, chemical, construction, electronics, food, machinery, paper and forest products, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, plastics, steel, telecommunications and transportation. He is a member of several ANSI and ASTM technical committees that address chemical safety, machinery safety, occupational health and safety, and nanotechnology, and he regularly follows and participates in the development of combustible dust standards by NFPA.
Mr. Halprin has been a strong advocate of measures to enhance the effectiveness of regulatory agencies. He has testified before Congress and participated in numerous government rulemakings in an effort to ensure that the scope and requirements of agency rules reflect what is necessary, practical and justified by appropriate risk assessment and cost-benefit analyses. Mr. Halprin is a frequent writer and speaker on a broad range of environmental, health and safety management issues.
In his transactional practice, Mr. Halprin has provided counsel and negotiated: waste management agreements; purchase, leasing and financing agreements for commercial properties, drilling equipment and computer systems; and telecommunications system design, construction and operating agreements. Before joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Halprin clerked for the Honorable Charles R. Johnston of the U.S. Tax Court.
Participation in Litigation, Rulemaking and Policy Developments with Widespread Impact
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