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COVID-19 and MSHA: Best Practices and Compliance Strategies for Mine Operators
Presented by Nick Scala

COVID-19 is, has been, and will continue to be part of every workplace in the nation for the foreseeable future. To this point during the pandemic, MSHA has largely taken a back seat in providing guidance to the nation’s mine operators regarding COVID or attempting to enforce new or existing regulations with respect to COVID-19 in mine. The onus was passed onto mine operators to establish and implement best practices for the workforce. Now, as we enter the Biden Administration, mine operators will still shoulder the responsibility for ensuring workplace safety considerations are put into effect for COVID-19, but also, it is likely that MSHA may take a more active roll. This webinar will review lessons learned and best practices for mine operators regarding COVID-19 in the workplace, while also looking to any new or existing regulatory compliance obligation facing mine operators.

Participants in this webinar will learn the following:

• An account of MSHA’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis and predictions about where MSHA will go next in regulating COVID-19 in the workplace
• Review of any existing or new regulation, including MSHA/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards
• A forecast of COVID-related enforcement under President Biden’s Department of Labor
• COVID-19 best practices for employers in the workplace

Mar 18, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Nicholas W. Scala
Partner and Chair, MSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Nick Scala is a Chair of the national MSHA • Workplace Safety Practice at Conn Maciel Carey. He focuses his practice on issues involving mining safety and health law, representing mining companies, on both the surface and underground, independent contractors and cement manufacturers. Mr. Scala represents and advises clients in all phases of involvement with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), particularly guiding companies through MSHA investigations and challenging enforcement and jurisdiction by the agency. Prior to representing the mining industry, he worked as a miner and he is a Certified Mine Safety Professional through the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.