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Avoiding OSHA Citations: How To Prepare For And Manage OSHA Inspections To Avoid Increased Penalties

Webinar: ID# 1026224
Recorded On-Demand
About This Course:
For anyone thinking that costly OSHA penalties might decrease under the Trump Administration, think again. During the last 5 complete months under the Obama administration, there were 260 enforcement cases with penalties greater than $40,000, but a five month period beginning with the January 20 swearing in of President Trump resulted in 376 cases with penalties that met or exceeded that same monetary threshold.

Since OSHA’s new penalty scheme took effect August 1, 2016, safety managers have had to deal with the growing threat of their companies being placed on the hook for crippling financial penalties in the event of OSHA citations. These statistics underscore that OSHA’s skyrocketing penalties are continuing up 80%, with a potential maximum fine of $127,000 and noncompliance is increasingly expensive for employers.

Now, employers are increasingly vulnerable to being inducted into a club no one wants to be a part of: OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). With inspections proceeding as usual and penalties on the rise, it’s critical for employers to put into motion a process for anticipating the unknown or unforeseen scenarios that may occur during an inspection.

Join us when Attorney Eric J. Conn, a featured presenter at Safety Summit 2017, and Attorney Kate McMahon, both of Washington, D.C. based Conn Maciel Carey LLP, will cover the latest strategies for preparing for and managing OSHA inspections to avoid costly citations. This webinar is designed for safety managers looking for valuable planning tips and fresh ideas for safety policies to reduce your risk of citations.

You’ll learn:
  • The scope of OSHA’s new civil penalty provisions
  • How to communicate to the C-suite about the financial threats your organization could face if OSHA comes knocking
  • The dos and don’ts for inspections, including prudent walk-around rules and other practices to manage the inspection from start to finish
  • Strategies for reducing the risk of costly penalties during OSHA inspections
  • Recommendations for preserving affirmative defenses during an inspection
  • Best practices for developing proactive strategies before the OSHA inspection
  • And much more!
BONUS: For attending, you’ll also get two valuable handouts, Conn Maciel Carey LLP’s Toolkit: Prepare for and Manage OSHA Inspections and OSHA Injury Reporting Flow Chart.

About Your Presenters:

Eric J. Conn, Esq.
Founding Partner and OSHA Practice Chair
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Eric J. Conn, a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national OSHA Practice Group, focuses his law practice exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law. Mr. Conn develops safety and health regulatory strategies for his clients across all industries with a particular emphasis in advising and representing clients during inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), state OSH Programs, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and state and local safety regulators.

Mr. Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues, and is often quoted as a leader in the field. He curates Conn Maciel Carey’s monthly OSHA Webinar Series, created the OSHA Defense Report Group on LinkedIn, and can be found on twitter as @OSHA_Guy. He was an invited presenter for Safety Summit 2017.

Kate M. McMahon, Esq.
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Kate McMahon is a partner in Conn Maciel Carey's Washington, DC office. She focuses her practice in the areas of occupational safety and health (OSHA) law and environmental law. In the OSHA area, Ms. McMahon helps clients manage incident and fatality inspections and a wide array of enforcement-related matters and helps them develop risk management and hazard assessment tools to identify and address workplace risks. She represents industry stakeholders in all aspects of OSHA rulemaking, including proposed rules regarding silica, injury and illness recordkeeping, hexavalent chromium, and beryllium, among others.

In addition to her OSHA practice, Ms. McMahon is also an experienced environmental attorney, both in the regulatory and enforcement contexts. For more than two decades, she has provided compliance counseling under all major environmental statutes as well as representing clients in numerous Superfund contribution actions and PRP allocations, Department of Justice enforcement matters, and myriad other federal and state administrative actions.
Avoiding OSHA Citations: How To Prepare For And Manage OSHA Inspections To Avoid Increased Penalties
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