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OSHA Inspection Threats: How To Find and Fix Hazards Before The Feds Do

Webinar: ID# 1024022
Recorded On-Demand
About This Course:
At a recent meeting for the American Bar Association, two OSHA officials said the agency is focused on enterprise-wide enforcement and on identifying companies that fit the bill for its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. This report is from the National Law Review.

Since the new penalty provision took effect last year, OSHA penalties have skyrocketed by 80%, with a potential maximum fine of $127,000. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Tom Galassi, said the per-citation average penalty has gone up from $3,285 to $5,087. This means 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 inspections.

Don’t wait for OSHA inspectors to show up at your worksite to figure out whether your company policies or practices could create legal liability and lead to costly citations. Instead conduct regular, comprehensive self-audits of your safety practices so you can find and fix hazards before they become fines.

Join us for an in-depth webinar that will shed light on how to set up an effective safety audit process to pass OSHA inspections with flying colors. You’ll learn how to establish audit protocols, who should be on the audit team, how to document the audit process and preserve attorney-client privilege, track findings, make disclosures to regulatory agencies when required, and ensure the appropriate completion of audit findings.

You’ll learn:
  • How to evaluate written safety compliance and audit documents
  • How legal privilege may apply to safety and health documents
  • Best practices for evaluating whether safety training requirements have been met
  • Tips for handling on-site inspections without self-incrimination
  • Various types of OSHA inspections, their scope, and your organization’s rights and responsibilities based on the enforcement situation presented
  • How to satisfy OSHA’s new reporting requirements for severe injury cases
  • When warrants are generally required and how to respond to subpoenas
About Your Presenter:

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

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, an attorney, safety professional, and firm president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C., 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. She provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. She is also 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. 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.
OSHA Inspection Threats: How To Find and Fix Hazards Before The Feds Do
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