New OSHA Penalty Policies Effective August 1, 2016: How To Reduce The Risk Of Fines Under Increased Threat Of Inspections And Citations
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OSHA penalties are going up by a staggering 80% (up to $127,000) effective August 1, 2016, so there’s a real risk that your organization could face increased citations and penalties as the result of OSHA inspections.
But that’s not the only reason safety managers should be concerned. OSHA administrative procedures could significantly increase average penalties. And it’s likely that OSHA will increase the issuance of “egregious” violations, which could put more employers into OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).
Given the increased threat of OSHA inspections and costly penalties, it’s critical to implement a process for ensuring that you’re prepared for the known and unforeseen things that can unfold during an inspection.
Join us to review how your current OSHA inspection process—or lack thereof—stacks up to the recommendations of skilled safety attorney Adele Abrams, who regularly advises clients on how to reduce the risk of costly penalties during OSHA inspections. She’ll teach you the ins and outs of OSHA’s new penalty provisions, how to explain to senior management the real threat these penalties pose to your company, and how to prepare and protect the organization in the face of additional penalty and fine exposure.
About Your Presenter
- The practical impact of the new OSHA’s revised penalties in effect as of August 1, 2016
- Why enforcement “weighting” is likely to result in more OSHA inspections—and potentially more general duty clause citations
- The types of OSHA inspections your organization may be most at risk for—from the programmed to the unprogrammed ones
- How to prepare for site-specific targeting through National Emphasis Programs and inspections triggered by events such as employee complaints, imminent danger investigations, and more
- The phases of a typical OHSA inspection
- Strategies for preparing for an OSHA inspection, including “mandatory” records that need to be available and must-have inspection tools
- Inspection do’s and don’ts to ensure success, including prudent walk-around rules and other practices to adopt
- How to manage a successful closing conference
- Current citation and violation risks you will now face as a result of the Severe Violators Enforcement Program (SVEP), civil penalties, criminal penalties, the DOL/DOJ Memorandum of Understanding on Criminal Prosecution, federal criminal penalties, and OSHA state plan actions
- Recommendations on how to preserve affirmative defenses during an inspection
- Best practices for developing proactive strategies before the OSHA inspection
Adele Abrams, Esq.
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, is an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C. who is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a ten-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. Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where she teaches employment and labor law.
Ms. Abrams 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 Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania, as well as multiple federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been invited to present at national conferences, such as BLR’s Safety Summit.
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