OSHA Inspection Policies Under COVID: Ensure Compliance; Avoid Citations
OSHA inspections have not gone away due to COVID-19, and the criteria OSHA inspectors are required to apply continue to evolve in response to the pandemic. This revolving door leaves employers and safety professionals unsure of what’s required now, and what to expect during the inspection process.
In this highly informative program, we’ll give you a clear understanding of the latest OSHA enforcement policies related to the virus, as well as general enforcement protocols. Learn what you need to know to stay compliant, and avoid costly citations. Join us to discover:
- OSHA’s new rule impacting inspection practices and privacy rights
- The scope of OSHA inspections determined by type of inspection
- How OSHA is now using employers’ injury and illness data in the inspection process
- Steps to effectively manage an on-site inspection or investigation by OSHA
- Newly extended statute of limitations on OSHA’s whistleblower protections
Impact of COVID-19 on OSHA’s Inspection Processes & Policies:
- The latest OSHA policy on COVID-19 enforcement procedures
- Updates on COVID-19 illness reporting and recordkeeping requirements
- Employer’s rights and responsibilities for COVID-19, worker safety and OSHA enforcement
- New temporary COVID standards developed at the state level
- Understanding OSHA’s latest National Emphasis Programs and other enforcement initiatives
Navigating an OSHA Inspection of Your Workplace:
- Types of OSHA programmed and unprogrammed inspections
- What documents OSHA is and is not entitled to, and the tools they have to get them
- Managing OSHA interviews with supervisors and workers
- Routine safety/health inspections v. whistleblower complaints investigations
- Keys to avoiding whistleblower discrimination claims under the OSH Act
- Best practices for managing OSHA inspections and incident investigations
We’ll also provide answers to employers’ questions including:
- Do I need to record or report a case of COVID-19 simply because the worker tells me they believe it was contracted at work?
- Can I force an OSHA inspector to wear a mask or other PPE, or deny entry if I think they are sick?
- If we demand a warrant in order to enter our facility or speak to our employees, what will happen?
- Do managers and hourly workers have to sign a statement if the OSHA inspector prepares one after interviewing them?
About the Speaker
Adele Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional, who is the president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC, a multi-attorney firm with offices in the DC area, Denver and WV.
She represents employers nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation. Adele also provides safety training, consultation and auditing services. She is the 2017 recipient of the National Safety Council’s DSSA award, and is an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, where she has received the SPY award multiple times. Adele is also on the faculty of the University of Colorado, and Catholic University, where she instructs on employment, labor and occupational safety law.
This informative 60-minute program will prepare you and your managers for an OSHA inspection and update you on the latest changes due to COVID-19. We’ll give you the tools and information needed to minimize your legal risks, potential enforcements and further disruptions in your operations.
If you'd like this program customized for your organization, call us at 1-800-964-6033. We're certain we can fulfill your training needs, while making it fit in your budget!