Edwin G. Foulke Jr.: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Edwin G. Foulke Jr.

Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.
Phone(404) 240-4273

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act - OSHA
University North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, B.A., with honors, 1974
Law SchoolLoyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, LA, J.D., 1978; Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, LL.M., Labor Law, 1993
Admitted1979, South Carolina; 1986, Georgia; 1989, District of Columbia; 1997, North Carolina; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Professional Activities
Member, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.

Member, Georgia Association of Manufacturers

Member, Safety Committee, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce


Ed Foulke is a partner in the Atlanta and Washington, D.C. offices. He co-chairs the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group.

Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Ed was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head 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, Ed 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 also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, D.C., chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. Ed was named one of the 50 Most Influential EHS Leaders by bothEHS Today(2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) andOccupational Hazards(2008) magazines.

He is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Ed is also co-editor of the firm's Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog.

Professional Activities
Member, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.

Member, Georgia Association of Manufacturers

Member, Safety Committee, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

How to Manage Your Off-Site Employees' Safety May 14, 2014

OSHA Focuses on Construction Issues April 1, 2010

Panoramic View: Don't Be Caught Unprepared for Pandemic Challenges September 1, 2009

Catastrophic Workplace Accidents: It Could Happen To You August 7, 2009

The New Enforcement-Driven OSHA July 1, 2009

Pandemic Preparedness For Employers April 27, 2009

Training for New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Must Be Complete by December 1, 2013 -Fisher & Phillips Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog- October 2, 2013

Getting Off OSHA's Severe Violator's Enforcement Program 'Black List'- Fisher & Phillips Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog- June 17, 2013

Top Three Safety Concerns Facing Entrepreneurs When Purchasing Or Renting Their First Office Space -Fisher & Phillips Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog- June 10, 2013

OSHA Increases Focus on Safety for Temporary Employees - -Fisher & Phillips Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog- June 4, 2013

5 Things Employers Can Do to Effectively Manage Their Safety and Health Compliance Program
Corporate Compliance Insights
March 2011

Quotes and Soundbites
Employment Regs To Watch In The 2nd Half of 2014 July 18, 2014

Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire July 2, 2014

OSHA's Foulke Tale: Ed Foulke Reflects On His Tenure June 30, 2014

OSHA Inspections: Know Your Rights, Responsibilities (Conclusion) June 10, 2014

OSHA Inspections: Know Your Rights, Responsibilities (Part 1) June 3, 2014

OSHA Whistleblower Changes Could Spell More Safety Suits May 19, 2014

Officials: Failed Clamp Caused Rhode Island Circus Acrobats' Plunge May 5, 2014

Advocates: SEIU's Logan Airport Drive Shows Safety Still Relevant In Organizing April 30, 2014

Ed Foulke Offers Guidance On Creating Comprehensive Safety Programs April 21, 2014

Oil And Gas Industry Sees Spike In Wages, But Growth Comes With Cost April 10, 2014

Supreme Court Expands Sarbanes-Oxley Protection March 19, 2014

Supreme Court Says SOX Protects Employees Of Contractors; Little Impact Likely on Safety March 6, 2014

Increase Safety By Determining The Root Causes Of Near Misses January 30, 2014

OSHA's Proposed Database Draws Fire January 27, 2014

OSHA Recordkeeping Legal Alert Published On EHS Safety News America Website January 16, 2014

Edwin G. Foulke Jr. Listed As Top 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS December 11, 2013

Partner Ed Foulke, Jr., Shared His Views On Safety Break Through Talk Radio December 9, 2013

America's Safest Companies Conference November 12, 2013

OSHA Grants Extension for Silica Comments; Industry Asked for 90 Days, Gets 47 Days October 25, 2013

Is He The Next One? What To Do If You Think The Person Sitting In A Cubicle Near You Could Be The Next Aaron Alexis September 20, 2013

Continued Emphasis on Whistleblower Protection Likely, Says Former OSHA Head July 11, 2013

Safety Checklist For Your First Office Space June 3, 2013

Pay Attention To These Common OSHA Citations February 20, 2013

Safety Breakthroughs January 8, 2013

A Host of Agencies, Battles Brewing November 26, 2012

Renewed Emphasis on Compliance Aid October 3, 2012

Bracing For Workplace Violence September 3, 2012

Workplace Homicides Still a Threat February 21, 2012

Employment Regulation To Watch In 2012 January 1, 2012

Protecting Whistleblowers November 17, 2011

Public Citizen Formally Petitions OSHA To Develop Regulation on Heat Stress September 6, 2011

Newsletter Articles
Tips For Protecting Your Workers From The Cold December 1, 2011

The Lucky 13 September 1, 2010

There's A New Sheriff In Town - President Obama's Enforcement-Driven OSHA June 1, 2009

New President, New Labor Agenda February 1, 2009


National Waste and Recycling Association Expo
April 29, 2014

Cobb Chamber of Commerce HR Academy - Atlanta, GA
November 13, 2013

WASTECON 2013 Safety Summit - Long Beach, CA
September 19, 2013

Risk Management Is More Than Safety: Employment Law for Safety Managers - Webinar
April 24, 2013

Clear and Present Danger? Assessing Security and Avoiding Violence in the Workplace
March 20, 2013

America's Safest Companies Conference - Chicago, IL
September 12, 2012

What To Do When OSHA Comes Calling - State College, PA
June 16, 2011

Effectively Handling an OSHA Inspection: How to Legally Protect Your Rights - Webinar
May 19, 2011

Effectively Handling an Enforcement Driven OSHA While Achieving Operational Excellence and Profitability Through Safety - Las Vegas, NV
May 2, 2011

Health & Wellness: How to Prevent Obesity From Threatening the Success of Your Safety Program
Webinar for BLR

What Are the Economic Benefits of Safety and Health in the Workplace?
Webinar for BLR


Member, Knights of Malta
Member, Sons of the American Revolution (Also at Washington, District of Columbia Office)


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How to Manage Your Off-Site Employees' Safety
Edwin G. Foulke, May 26, 2014
QUESTION: We have a number of employees working off-site. How can we best ensure that they are working safely when we are not able to provide regular supervision?

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Edwin G. Foulke Jr.

1075 Peachtree Street, NE
AtlantaGA 30309


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