Cressinda (“Chris”) D. Schlag is an affiliate within the Austin, Texas, workplace of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her apply focuses on environmental well being and security issues involving authorized and regulatory compliance in addition to federal and state authorities enforcement actions.
Earlier than turning into an legal professional, Ms. Schlag obtained a graduate diploma in occupational well being and security and environmental administration and labored as an environmental well being and security engineer and marketing consultant with a wide range of industries, together with, for instance, oil and gasoline, chemical compounds manufacturing and provide, agriculture, aerospace, building, and metals and coating manufacturing. As an environmental well being and security skilled, Ms. Schlag obtained intensive technical expertise associated to chemical danger administration, hazardous supplies administration, property remediation, hazard mitigation, and regulatory compliance throughout a wide range of industries. She additionally developed a powerful enterprise acumen and deep understanding of the complicated challenges that employers face in creating regulatory compliant applications. In having each technical and authorized expertise, Ms. Schlag can anticipate compliance challenges and supply employers with astute steerage on the way to adjust to rising legal guidelines, enhance environmental well being and security applications, in addition to defend in opposition to federal and state enforcement initiatives and actions.
Since graduating legislation faculty, Ms. Schlag has devoted her apply to counseling and dealing with employers on a broad vary of environmental well being and security issues, together with, for instance, growth of efficient methods for resolving Occupational Security and Well being Administration (“OSHA”), U.S. Environmental Safety Company (“EPA”), and U.S. Division of Transportation (“DOT”) enforcement actions; implementation of compliance audits and inside investigations; identification of efficient methods for managing employee well being points like communicable illnesses; and offered coaching on rising points resembling recordkeeping pitfalls, chemical danger administration, emergency motion planning, and the way to conduct a critical incident investigation. She additionally gained priceless expertise as in-house counsel at Entire Meals Market associated to challenges with implementing compliance applications at scale, the way to tackle environmental well being and questions of safety that additionally contain model repute dangers (e.g., sustainability initiatives and inexperienced applications), and strategies for mitigating danger in gentle of complicated, patchwork, and evolving regulatory frameworks (e.g., state plastic discount legal guidelines and state mandated coaching initiatives).
Ms. Schlag routinely advises employers on federal and state regulatory initiatives, how authorities businesses are decoding particular compliance obligations, and evaluates issued citations and penalties for functions of figuring out the necessity to contest or enchantment. She additionally proactively assists employers with growth of complete compliance methods and represents her consumer’s pursuits in a wide range of settings together with rulemaking proceedings, administrative hearings, and in litigation.