Top OSHA Compliance Threats For 2017: Legal and Regulatory Hot Spots To Prepare For Immediately
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As part of the budget process, OSHA has released its priorities and strategies for FY 2017. In the proposal, key areas such as enforcement, regulatory and standard-setting focus, and employee/employer and state program outreach were presented.
OSHA has a lot on its plate for 2017, most of which will be significantly impacted by the incoming president’s administration. There are many regulatory and administrative actions and initiatives to watch closely, such as:
In the area of outreach, OSHA has said it will provide support to “state plan” states, including enforcement assistance, regulatory development aid for standards, such as workplace violence, and outreach resources for programs geared to assisting employees and employers.
- Process safety management;
- The combustible dust standard;
- The beryllium standard;
- The explosives regulations;
- The launching of the Whistleblower Severe Violator Enforcement Program(W-SVEP);
- The impact of the Volks statute of limitations;
- Various litigation relative to the silica rule and recordkeeping regulations;
- The OMB’s release of the slip, trip, and fall standard;
- The impact of the 78% increase in civil penalties;
- OSHA’s response to information received relative to chemical exposure;
- Potential movement of the Protecting America’s Workers Act; and
- The status of various appropriations riders.
Now is the time for safety managers to prepare strategic plans and decide where to allocate resources based on how OSHA will appropriate its respective resources. Join us when skilled safety lawyer and Washington, D.C. insider Adele Abrams will brief you on “all things OSHA” for 2017—and arm you with practical strategies on how to prepare.
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- The impact OSHA’s key activities for 2016 will have on 2017 enforcement priorities you need to watch out for
- Personnel or structural changes at OSHA that may occur in the new administration
- The industries most vulnerable to increased OSHA scrutiny in 2017
- Likely regulatory and administrative actions and initiatives, and suggested strategies for participating in key regulatory activities that could impact your worksites
- The various initiatives OSHA has announced including outreach programs and assistance to small businesses in high hazard industries
- The role Congress and the incoming president are likely to play in 2017
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, DC, 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 MD, DC and PA, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court.
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