Psychological First Aid and Workplace Mental Health

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a vital aspect of crisis management and preventing workplace violence. If we want to promote Total Worker Health (TWH) programs and truly care for our workers, we must prioritize their mental health and ensure they are fit for duty, especially in roles that require safety-sensitive positions.

During this webinar, we will delve into the fundamental principles of PFA and explore how it aligns with TWH and the Americans with Disabilities Act in both on-the-job and off-duty scenarios. We will also briefly address OSHA reporting, the general duty clause and WV definitions. PFA is particularly crucial in evaluating fitness for duty following critical incidents, and it can help prevent suicide risk and aid those grappling with addiction.

We will explore the core principles of PFA, its advantages and limitations, and how it connects to the ADA's "direct threat to safety" defense. It is essential to equip ourselves with the knowledge and tools to provide effective psychological first aid, not just for our workers' sake but for the health and wellbeing of our entire workplace.

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: April 20, 2023
: 2:00PM ET - 1:00PM CT - 11:00AM PT


Adele L. Abrams is an attorney, Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Beltsville, Maryland, Denver, Colorado, and Charleston, West Virginia. The firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation nationwide, and her firm also handles employment law matters in a large number of states. Abrams and her firm colleagues provide employment and safety law consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries.

She is a member of the Maryland, D.C. and PA Bars; the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, D.C., and TN; the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit 3rd Circuit, and 4th Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. She also serves on the adjunct faculties of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

Adele is active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, and of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017. Abrams has coauthored several textbooks on employment law, occupational and mine safety and health, and is a regular columnist on safety law issues for multiple magazines. She is also an Avetta Fellow.

Duration: 1 Hour

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