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MSHA & OSHA Compliance and Best Practices During COVID-19
Presented by Nicholas W. Scala

As states nationwide enacted stay-at-home orders, and many industries were shutdown for extended periods of time due to COVID-19, most of the mining and construction industries were universally considered essential business and continued operations. In that time, state and federal regulators promulgated guidance and best practice for businesses to operate amid COVID-19.

Now, most of the country is experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases, bringing renewed focus to businesses’ adherences to safety procedures in the workplace, and we may see the beginning of enforcement in earnest by regulators as pressure mounts for a more aggressive response.

In this session, Nick Scala, Chair of Conn Maciel Carey’s MSHA Practice Group, will provide insight and advice on the MSHA/OSHA workplace safety and health implications of COVID-19 and best practices for companies continuing to operate during the pandemic, such as:

• What is an exposure control plan and why does every employer need one?
• How will MSHA and OSHA enforce their expectations relative to COVID-19 as well as other safety and health standards during this pandemic?
• When and how should employers report and record confirmed COVID-19 cases via MSHA 7000-1 or on their OSHA 300 logs?
• What do employers need to know about face coverings, respirators and other forms of protective equipment?
• Which MSHA and OSHA standards are most likely to be violated by employers while attempting to protect their workforce?
• Have MSHA and OSHA relaxed enforcement of certain standards, and if so, what are the implications?

Aug 14, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nicholas W. Scala
Partner & 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.