Presented by Eric J. Conn and Megan Shaked
After a period of inaction, OSHA is renewing its interest in the Emergency Response Standard by picking up where the Obama Administration left off with creating a new, broader standard to protect employees who respond to emergencies as part of their regularly assigned duties. The Biden Administration has designated this rulemaking as a priority and is expected to complete the Small Business Advocacy Review (“SBAR”) Panel under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (“SBREFA”) during a global pandemic – a year the Agency issued a record-breaking number of Emergency Temporary Standards.
The potential (yet likely) standard could apply to employers that designated employees to provide emergency response services that are currently covered by OSHA’s Fire Brigades Standard or currently not covered by another OSHA standard. Specifically, this could include Emergency Service Organizations (“ESOs”) (e.g., firefighting, fire rescue, emergency medical service, etc.), general industry employers that have or will establish a Workplace Emergency Response Team (e.g., an industrial, emergency, or facility fire brigade), and general industry, construction, and maritime industry employers that we expect, based on past experience, to enter into a mutual aid agreement or contract to provide “skilled support” personnel at an emergency incident (e.g., crane/bulldozer operators, towing companies, environmental response firms, electrical power responders, drone operators, etc.).
Participants in this webinar will learn about the latest rulemaking developments and details regarding when and what new compliance obligations will likely be effective.