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New OSHA Electronic Injury & Illness Reporting Requirements: Realign Discipline And Drug Testing Policies Before August 10

About This Course:
Do you have a “reasonable” way for employees to promptly and accurately report workplace illnesses and injuries?

Are you making it clear that employees who report workplace illnesses or injuries won’t be discouraged from reporting or retaliated against for doing so?

You’d better make sure your process takes these questions into account because under OSHA’s final rule on electronic reporting, you’ve only got until August 10, 2016 to devise a reasonable procedure for reporting illnesses and injuries in your workplace.

Additionally, OSHA has said that employers could be fined for drug testing an employee unless it’s likely that substance abuse played a part in the workplace accident and the test reveals an impairment. This raises the important question of when it’s reasonable to initiate a post-accident drug test for someone who reports a workplace injury. Now is the time to ensure that your policy on post-accident drug testing doesn’t spark OSHA scrutiny.

While the electronic submission of injury and illness data portion of the rule goes into effect January 1, 2017, employers need to prepare to comply with the upcoming August 10 effective date of the rule’s provisions on employee information and anti-retaliation.

Join us for a can’t miss webinar with live Q&A. Attorney Adele Abrams, CMSP, will explain your compliance obligations and important provisions included in OSHA’s new reporting policy, ahead of the August 10, 2016 effective date.

Learning Objectives
  • How to design an effective procedure for timely reporting
  • How to communicate the importance of reporting to employees
  • Guidelines for identifying when it is appropriate to administer post-accident drug tests
  • Do’s and don’ts on safety incentive programs
  • Strategies to encourage employees to report any and all work-related injuries and accidents
  • How to prepare for future deadlines for OSHA’s reporting rules
  • And more!
About Your Presenter

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Firm President
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

Attorney Adele Abrams CMSP, is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams 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 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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