Presented by Aaron Gelb, Amanda R. Walker, and Dan Deacon
One of the most anticipated changes at OSHA as we transition to a Democratic administration under President Biden is the manner in which the agency regulates and enforces COVID-19 safety in the workplace. Issuing a federal OSHA COVID-19 emergency temporary standard will be a top priority of the new administration. President-elect Biden’s transition team includes several key proponents of a federal rule, including former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, and the Division Chief at Cal/OSHA, Doug Parker, who oversaw the rulemaking for an emergency rule in California. In the interim, the regulated community can expect an increase in enforcement under OSHA’s General Duty Clause, as well as other existing standards related to infection control. While the vaccine roll-out offers a sign of hope for everyone, 2021 will still present major challenges for employers, and the new ramped-up enforcement landscape at OSHA will surely be one of them.
During this webinar, participants will learn about:
• A review of COVID-related OSHA enforcement from the start of the pandemic to now
• A forecast of COVID-related enforcement under President Biden’s OSHA
• Status and likely content of a Fed OSHA COVID Emergency Temporary Standard
• An update regarding State OSH Plan Emergency Rules and their enforcement
• Strategy for avoiding and managing COVID-related OSHA citations