Edwin G. Foulke Jr.


(404) 240-4273 phone
(404) 240-4249 fax
(703) 682-7096 phone

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 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.

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 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.

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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities

Member, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.- Safety Committee

Member, EHS Today Safety Leadership Board of Directors

Member, Georgia Association of Manufacturers – Safety Committee

Member, Safety Committee, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Member, Safety Committee, United States Poultry Association



OSHA Update: Recordkeeping Reporting Requirement Becomes Key Tool in OSHA Enforcement
April 18, 2016

Safety First
May 1, 2015

OSHA Inspections: Asserting Legal Rights While Minimizing Exposure to Citations and Penalties – Part I
December 2, 2014

Dealing With Ebola: Separating Fact From Hysteria
October 24, 2014

The Executive's Role In Creating A Safe Workplace
October 15, 2014

How to Prepare for and Prevent Workplace Violence
August 18, 2014

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

American Chamber of Commerce – Safety and Health Manual

Legal Alerts

Meeting OSHA's Reporting Requirements – Posting Starts February 1
February 1, 2016

Winter Is Coming…So What Should Employers Do To Prepare?
November 12, 2015

New OSHA Reporting Requirements Now In Effect
January 6, 2015

Quotes and Soundbites

Laundry List: Check it Twice for Safety in IL
March 28, 2016

OSHA Update Lightens Load for Whistleblowers
February 18, 2016

New Workplace Injury Reporting Rules Confuse Employers, Swamp OSHA
October 15, 2015

After The OSHA Inspection: What Do We Do Now? - Effectively Handling OSHA's Settlement Process
July 22, 2015

OSHA Releases New Inspection Directive on Hazcom
July 20, 2015

OSHA Reality Check: Is Your Facility Safe? (Part 1)
July 14, 2015

June 1 Deadline for Hazcom Rule
May 26, 2015

Improved Worker Safety an Opportunity for Employer Cost Savings, Former OSHA Head Says
December 10, 2014

Employers Seek Ebola Advice
October 30, 2014

SLC 2014: Top Safety Lawyers Give Their Reviews
October 29, 2014

Ratcheting Up Reporting Rules
October 6, 2014

OSHA Slaps Cell Tower Firm With 'Willful' Citations, Adds To 'Severe Violator' List
September 30, 2014

Experts: Final Silica Rule Many Months Away As OSHA Combs Though Mounds Of Data
September 9, 2014

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


Member, Knights of Malta
Member, Sons of the American Revolution
Member, National Republican Lawyers Association


  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC
    LL.M. 1993 (Labor Law)
  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, LA
    J.D. 1978
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
    B.A. 1974, with honors

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina