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OSHA's Respiratory Protection Rules: Top 5 Reasons to Get it Right and Employer Mistakes
Presented by Aaron Gelb, Amanda R. Walker, Beeta Lashkari, and Ashley Mitchell

While respiratory protection has been top of mind for the past year due to COVID-19, OSHA’s respiratory protection requirements apply to a wide range of industrial hygiene hazards, from hazardous chemicals to oxygen deficient environments, and dusts, smoke, gases, and vapors. Given that airborne hazards may cause death or serious disease, OSHA requires employers to assess their workplaces to identify hazards that necessitate respiratory protection, and for those, to select the appropriate respirator, train employees how to properly use them, and ensure that the respirator fits properly, is safe to use, and is actually being worn. As such, it is no surprise that OSHA’s respiratory protection standard ranks among the 5 most frequently cited standards each year.

This webinar will highlight the respiratory protection implications of COVID-19 in the workplace, discuss workplace circumstances requiring respirators, and the most common respiratory protection compliance mistakes employers make. We will also explain some of the most misunderstood provisions of OSHA's respiratory protection rules, and identify strategies to limit exposure to the most common violations.

Participants in this webinar will learn about:

• 5 reasons employers should prioritize compliance with OSHA’s respiratory protection requirements
• 5 common respiratory protection program mistakes employers make
• Respiratory protection issues implicated by COVID-19
• Steps employers can take to mitigate respiratory protection hazards and potential OSHA citations

NOTE: We have almost reached max capacity! If you are unable to enter the webinar, please know that we will send out links to the recording and a copy of the slides afterwards.

May 12, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Aaron R. Gelb
Partner, OSHA and Labor & Employment Practices @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Aaron R. Gelb Heads Conn Maciel Carey’s new Chicago office. His practice specializes in labor & employment and OSHA litigation. He has extensive experience litigating equal employment opportunity matters in federal and state courts, having tried numerous cases to verdict and defended employers before the EEOC as well as fair employment agencies nationwide. Aaron also advises employers through inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving fed OSHA and state OSH programs, and manages the full range of litigation against OSHA.
Amanda R. Strainis-Walker
Partner, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Amanda R. Strainis-Walker is a partner with Conn Maciel Carey LLP. She focuses on occupational safety and health (OSHA) law. Prior to private practice, she was a Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, and then as an attorney in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor of Labor, where she advised her clients, OSHA and MSHA, on a diverse range of legal and regulatory issues.
Beeta B. Lashkari
Associate, OSHA and Labor & Employment Practices @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Beeta B. Lashkari is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP working in both the OSHA and Labor and Employment practice groups. Ms. Lashkari advises and represents clients in a wide-range of inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions. Additionally, in support of the firm’s Employment and Labor practice group, Ms. Lashkari manages workplace investigations, including whistleblower and retaliation claims, defending employers in EEOC discrimination and harassment charges, and counseling clients on myriad legal issues employers face in the workplace.