Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Esq.

Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP

Ed Foulke is a partner in Fisher Phillips LLP’s Atlanta office and the Washington, D.C. Metro office located in Arlington, Virginia. He is the former co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. He is also the President of Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions, LLC.
Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Foulke was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), he served from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injury, illness and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history.
For more than 30 years, he has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, whistleblower protection, and accident and fatality prevention. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health and is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer on workplace safety, leadership development, and other labor and employment topics.
Foulke has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Congressional Committees on occupational safety and health issues.
Foulke also served on the OSHA Review Commission in Washington, D.C., chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. Ed is the only person in the United States to serve as both head of OSHA and Chairman of the Review Commission. Ed was named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by both EHS Today (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and Occupational Hazards (2008) magazines.
Foulke currently serves on the EHS Today Safety Leadership Board of Directors and on safety committees for the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Poultry Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the National Association of Tower Erectors, and the American Foundry Association. He is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Ed is also co-editor of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog.

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    • Session 10 – Safety and Risk Management: ISO 45001: How the Adoption of This International OH&S Standard Will Impact How You Manage Workplace Health and Safety

      Run Time - 1:03:17

      The international occupational health and safety (OH&S) standard ISO 45001 has been out since March 2018, but many organizations are still unsure of how this benchmark applies to their hazard controls, the steps they should be taking to implement its principles, and how using an ISO 45001 framework can offer both organizational and safety benefits. It’s important to understand the scope of ISO 45001 and how it fits into existing OH&S standards.

      This session will explain how to:

      -Recognize how ISO 45001 fits into existing OH&S standards.

      -Identify how ISO 45001 differs from OHSAS 18001.

      -Understand ISO 45001’s practical impact on your business.

      -Evaluate whether to adopt ISO 45001 and what you’ll need to do to implement its principles.