Presented by Aaron Gelb, Amanda R. Walker, and Dan Deacon
Since the 2020 presidential election was decided, employers have waited, wondered, and watched for signs to see how President Biden’s OSHA would regulate and enforce COVID-19 safety in the workplace. Although OSHA missed the March 15 deadline set by President Biden in his Day One Executive Order to issue its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), there have been several important developments providing a window into how OSHA will approach COVID-19 enforcement, most notably the agency’s launch of a COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (“COVID-19 NEP”) to focus the agency’s enforcement efforts on “companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the virus,” as well as prioritizing employers that “retaliate against workers for complaints about unsafe or unhealthy conditions, or for exercising other rights protected by federal law.” OSHA also updated its Interim Enforcement Response Plan, which details how OSHA’s field staff should conduct COVID-related inspections, including whether they will resume in person inspections or continue conducting them remotely as has been the norm for the past year.
During this webinar, participants will learn about:
• COVID-related OSHA enforcement from the start of the pandemic to now
• COVID-related enforcement under Pres. Biden’s OSHA
• Status and likely content of a Fed OSHA COVID ETS
• State OSH Plan Emergency Rules and enforcement update
• Strategy for avoiding and managing COVID-related citations
PLEASE NOTE: This webinar has reached max capacity! If you are unable to enter the webinar due to the registration limit, please know that we will send out links to the recording and a PDF copy of the slides a few days after the webinar.