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Audits and Inspections in the Age of COVID-19 - On-Demand

Audits and Inspections in the Age of COVID-19 - On-Demand

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Audits and Inspections in the Age of COVID-19 - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

Length: 1 hour

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Join this webinar with attorney Adele Abrams as she provides key insight into various types of audits and inspections, the role of them in OHS certification programs, and how to implement effective audit and inspection programs in your workplace.

As businesses continue to reopen – and sometimes reclose – during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers must ensure their facility is compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and guidance impacting all safety and health hazards as those obligations have never changed. But a new layer of compliance obligation arises with constantly evolving OSHA and CDC guidance and enforcement programs relative to COVID-19, including guidelines with specific criteria for certain high-risk industry sectors. Benchmarking compliance, as well as success in implementing proactive measures that exceed minimum mandates, is critical for many organizations that are publicly traded or international in nature. Companies that seek to implement safety and health management systems, achieve ISO certifications, or align with voluntary consensus standards need a way to check progress and to encourage continual improvement. Occupational safety and health inspections and audits are the time-honored method of performing due diligence. But what happens when COVID-19 makes it unsafe for in-house corporate OHS auditors or the third-party professionals to visit the worksite? Improperly structured OHS audit programs, or insufficient attention to mandated inspections and examinations, can raise legal liability—civil and criminal—for the individual OHS professionals, supervisors, and for company if not properly managed. This webinar outlines how to legally and effectively conduct and document audits and inspections – including the use of drones and virtual audit technology – to make oversight feasible in the age of COVID-19.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of audits and inspections
  • Discuss role of audits in OHS certification programs and Safety and Health Management Systems
  • Implement effective audit and inspection programs
  • Recognize what constitutes a hazard in the workplace

About Your Presenter

Adele L. Abrams

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP

Adele Abrams is an attorney, safety professional and trainer who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltsville, MD, Charleston, WV, and Denver, CO, a multi-attorney firm focusing on safety, health and employment law nationwide. Adele is a Certified Mine Safety Professional and she also provides consultation, safety audits and training services to MSHA and OSHA regulated companies.

Adele is on the faculty of University of Colorado and the Catholic University of America, where she instructs on employment, labor and safety law. She is a regular columnist on legal, employment, mine and occupational safety/health issues, co-author of several books related to mining, construction, employment law, and occupational safety and health, and she hosts the podcast “Ask the SafetyLawyer” on the Safety Justice League channel.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and Pennsylvania Bars, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC and Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC, 3rd and 4th Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Her professional memberships include the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, SME, the Industrial Minerals Association-North America, and the American Bar Association. In 2017, she received the NSC’s Distinguished Service to Safety Award. She is a multiple recipient of the ASSP SPY award at the chapter, practice specialty and regional level.

Credit Information

SAFETY CREDIT INFORMATION: This webinar qualifies for 0.15 Recertification Points for CSPs, CHSTs, OHSTs, 1 CMP credit for CHMMs, and eligible for CM credits for CIHs who attend. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) may also be available for environmental managers participating in this webinar (please note that webinar participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit)