Appealing OSHA Citations: The Best Way To Proceed Following The Inspection
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Your facility has just completed an OSHA inspection, and you and your team are ready to sit down with the inspector for the closeout conference. There will likely be some citations issued, and you know that you will be entering into a potentially complicated post-inspection process.
Once citations have been issued, you and your staff will need to figure out the best way to proceed. Although the process can be tricky, there are certain actions and strategies that you can follow in order to assure the most positive outcome. Do you know what they are?
- The applicable federal regulations and statutes in this area
- What to do following the end of the inspection - during the closeout conference, the informal settlement conference, the formal contesting process, and more
- How to ensure that all discovery issues are properly followed
- Some of the affirmative defenses that you should consider
- Tips for compiling and presenting evidence
- How to negotiate the best possible settlement in order to avoid going to trial
- Details on the new OSHA Penalty Adjustment Guidelines
- How a Corporate-Wide Settlement Agreement (CSA) applies, in real-world terms, to your organization
- The strategies you should consider when contesting or appealing a citation
About your Speaker:
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, is an attorney and safety professional who is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. She heads a nine-attorney firm that represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services.
She is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. She is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks. She is chair of the National Safety Council's Business &Industry Division committee on regulatory and legal affairs. She is admitted to the Bars of MD, DC and PA, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court.
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