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What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection: Strategies to Prepare for and Manage Inspections to Minimize Your Risk of Citations

What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection: Strategies to Prepare for and Manage Inspections to Minimize Your Risk of Citations

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What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection: Strategies to Prepare for and Manage Inspections to Minimize Your Risk of Citations

Live Webinar: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn what to expect during, how to prepare for, and how to best manage OSHA inspections to minimize the risk of costly citations.


 

Confounding expectations, OSHA under the Trump administration has continued the same aggressive enforcement model as we saw during the Obama Administration. We are seeing more inspections, higher penalties, record numbers of $100K+ citation packages, and a continuing rise in willful and repeat citations and criminal prosecutions. In short, the consequences for employers being caught ill-prepared for an OSHA inspection, and making bad choices during an inspection, are dire.

That knock on the door from OSHA is a source of anxiety for many employers, and more so if the organization lacks a strategic plan for responding to an inspection. Many employers make the mistake of either reacting to OSHA in a manner that creates an adversarial tone or allowing the inspector unfettered access to the entire operation—both of which can increase the odds that an inspection will result in a significant enforcement action. Understanding the process by which OSHA conducts inspections and the legal rights of the employer and employees during the process is critical to developing a sound strategy for handling an inspection from start to finish.

Join us on March 13 for an in-depth webinar with two seasoned OSHA attorneys from Conn Maciel Carey LLP who will explain what to expect during an OSHA inspection and what you can do today to reduce the risk of citations. This webinar will provide employers with the knowledge and tools they need to prepare in advance for an OSHA inspection, and once an OSHA inspection begins, to manage it to a successful outcome. 

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Learn the key steps employers can take now to prepare in advance for an OSHA inspection
  • Gain an understanding of employers’, employees’, and OSHA’s rights during an OSHA inspection
  • Learn key strategies for effectively handling the inspection, from the opening conference and the walk around to the closing conference 
  • Identify the personnel who should be involved in an inspection and what their roles should be throughout the inspection process
  • Understand your options if citations are issued and know the best course of action to minimize financial and reputational harm to your organization
  • And much more! 

 

About Your Presenters:

Eric ConnEric J. Conn, Esq. 
Founding Partner & Chair—OSHA · Workplace Safety Practice Group 
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Eric J. Conn is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey LLP and Chair of its national OSHA · Workplace Safety Practice Group. His practice focuses exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law.  Mr. Conn and his OSHA Team at Conn Maciel Carey develop safety and health regulatory strategies for employers across all industries.

Prior to founding Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Conn was Head of an OSHA practice group that was honored as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine in its 2014 Global Awards.  Before that, Mr. Conn practiced for more than a decade alongside the former first General Counsel of the OSH Review Commission. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a "Rising Star" by Washington, DC Super Lawyers, and as a “Super Lawyer” every year since.  He has also been selected for inclusion in the Washington Post's Top-Rated Lawyers list in Washington, DC.

Mr. Conn is a prolific writer on all topics OSHA related. He is the curator of Conn Maciel Carey’s award-winning OSHA Defense Report blog.  Mr. Conn has authored multiple chapters in OSHA treatises, including “OSHA Inspections” in the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (Gov’t. Institutes, 2008), and “Defending Against OSHA’s Increasingly Severe Enforcement Practices” in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers (Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2012).

Mr. Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues, including as the producer of Conn Maciel Carey’s annual OSHA Webinar Series, and regularly keynotes trade group and industry conferences.  He is often quoted as a leader in the field in trade publications. Mr. Conn created and curates the “OSHA Defense Network” Group on LinkedIn, and can be found on twitter as @OSHA_Guy.

Amanda Strainis-WalkerAmanda R. Strainis-Walker, Esq.
Partner, OSHA Workplace Safety Practice Group
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Amanda R. Strainis-Walker is an OSHA partner with Conn Maciel Carey LLP. She has a career-long focus on occupational safety and health law, and represents employers and trade associations in the full range of matters regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Ms. Strainis-Walker manages inspections and investigations conducted by the OSHA, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB),  EPA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Justice, and state and local regulators.  She also handles the full range of litigation related to contesting OSHA citations, and counsels clients on compliance with all standards set by OSHA, including ones for process safety management, grain handling, lockout/tagout, fall protection, flammable and combustible liquids, machine guarding, and hazard communication.  Ms. Strainis-Walker also helps employers develop and audit safety programs and policies and conducts workplace safety and health training presentations.

Prior to private practice, Ms. Strainis-Walker was a Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, and then as an attorney in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor of Labor, where she advised OSHA and MSHA on a diverse range of legal and regulatory issues. 

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