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Legal Liabilities in Safety and Loss Prevention

A Practical Guide, Third Edition, 1st Edition

By Thomas D. Schneid

CRC Press

390 pages

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The goal of every safety professional and safety program is to be proactive and to identify problems while complying within safety guidelines. This book clarifies basic questions about legal liability, how to minimize, prevent, and identify legal risks. Appendices, case studies, and sample forms are included in this resource. The whole book will be revised due to the laws and regulations in the workplace changing. This revised edition will address all of the changes in the laws as well as providing guidance on how to achieve and maintain compliance.


  • Covers methods to achieve and maintain compliance
  • Includes new standards and regulations
  • Discusses defense, rights, and responsibilities
  • Provides a guide to professionals who are unfamiliar with reviewing, analyzing, and briefing a court decision
  • Offers a new chapter on environmental and labor

Table of Contents

Overview and History. OSHA Enforcement. OSHA Requirements. Employer's Rights. Managing an Effective Safety and Loss Prevention Program. Criminal Sanctions. OSHA Standards and Requirements. Legislation and Trends. Safety and Loss Prevention and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Legal Liabilities Under Workers' Compensation Laws. Protecting Your Organization or Company. Personal Liability for Safety and Loss Prevention Professionals. Other Legal Considerations. Safety and Labor. Other Laws Impacting the Safety Function. References. Appendix A: Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Appendix B: OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). Appendix C: OSHA Penalties. Appendix D: Filing a Charge of Discrimination. Appendix E: OSHA Online Complaint Form.

About the Author

Thomas D. Schneid is the Chair of the Department of Safety and Security and a tenured professor in the School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management in the college of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. In his 25 years at EKU, Tom has served in many capacities including Chair of the Department of Safety and Security, interim chair for SSEM Graduate Studies and Research; graduate program director for the online and on campus Master of Science degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management; Coordinator of the Fire and Safety Engineering program; and SSEM Career and Cooperative Education Coordinator.

Tom has worked in the safety and human resource fields for over 30 years at various levels including corporate safety director and industrial relations director. In Tom’s legal practice, he has represented numerous corporations in OSHA and labor related litigations throughout the United States. Tom has earned a B.S. in education, M.S. and CAS in safety as well as his Juris Doctor (J.D. in law) from West Virginia University and LL.M. (Graduate Law) from the University of San Diego. Tom is a member of the bar for the U.S. Supreme Court, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and a number of federal districts as well as the Kentucky and West Virginia Bar.

Tom has authored and/or co-authored numerous texts on including Corporate Safety Compliance: Law, OSHA and Ethics (2008); Americans With Disabilities Act: A Compliance Guide (1994); ADA: A Manager’s Guide (1993); Legal Liabilities for Safety and Loss Prevention Professionals (2010); Fire and Emergency Law Casebook (1996); Creative Safety Solutions (1998); Occupational Health Guide to Violence in the Workplace (1999); Legal Liabilities in Emergency Management (2001) and Fire Law (1995). Tom has also co-authored several texts including Food Safety Law (1997), Legal Liabilities for Safety and Loss Prevention Professionals (1997), Physical Hazards in the Workplace (2001) and Disaster Management and Preparedness (2000) as well as over 100 articles on safety and legal topics. Tom recently completed work on a new text titled “Labor and Employment Issues for Safety Professionals” and is currently working on a text on legal issues in safety and security.

About the Series

Occupational Safety & Health Guide Series

The aim of this series is to develop books to address the myriad of unique topics which are encompassed within the areas of responsibility of a safety professional. The scope of the series is broad addressing traditional occupational safety and health topics as well as emerging and correlating topic areas such as ergonomics, security, labor, school safety, employment, workplace violence, and other topics. Safety professionals often assume a broad spectrum of responsibilities, depending on the organization, which go beyond the traditional safety professional’s role. This series should become the "one stop" source for safety professionals to locate texts on traditional as well as emerging and correlating subjects related to the safety and health function.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
LAW / Environmental
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety