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Cal/OSHA Summit 2021

October 14-15, 2021 | San Diego, CA


CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: Cal/OSHA Summit 2021 is the leading state-specific event for California employers and safety professionals to learn cutting-edge developments on new safety regulations, compliance strategies, and management tactics. It provides three days of networking and learning opportunities. Attendees are eligible for safety and California HR continuing education credits.



As a safety professional, 2020 was a challenging year, to say the least. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California employers were tasked with enforcing social distancing guidelines and other new safety precautions, like California’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) for workplace COVID-19 exposures.

In late 2020, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) emergency temporary standards on COVID-19 infection prevention went into effect. These new temporary standards apply to most workers in California not covered by Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard.

Part of the rules requires employers to have a written COVID-19 prevention plan to address issues, including procedures for screening employees for symptoms; providing face coverings and ensuring they are worn; and identifying and evaluating COVID-19 exposure hazards and workplace conditions and practices that could result in potential exposure, among other things.

While COVID-19 was a challenge in and of itself, the virus also spurred new regulations and requirements related to everyday, standard workplace issues. For instance, California’s heat illness prevention standard now requires employers to protect workers from heat illnesses while also enforcing the use of face coverings and keeping workers safe against COVID-19.

And if you think your workplace is safe from violated Cal/OSHA COVID-19 guidelines, think again; the virus knows no bounds, and no industry is safe! Take, for example, the five grocery stores in Southern California that were cited by Cal/OSHA for failing to protect their employees from COVID-19 in October and the various police departments, hospitals, and manufacturers that were also cited throughout 2020.

In order to keep your workforce safe from COVID-19 and other workplace safety issues, you won’t want to miss the Cal/OSHA Summit 2021. Cal/OSHA Summit 2021 is the leading state-specific event for California employers and safety professionals to learn cutting-edge developments on new safety regulations, compliance strategies, and management tactics. It provides 3 days of networking and learning opportunities. Attendees are eligible for safety and California HR continuing education credits.

Who should attend?

  • Safety directors
  • Risk management directors
  • Environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers
  • Health and safety officers
  • Facilities supervisors
  • HR managers
  • Vice presidents
  • Quality assurance managers
  • Safety coordinators
  • Safety, health, and environment specialists
  • Safety attorneys
  • Loss control specialists
  • Business owners
  • Compliance specialists
  • Corporate safety professionals

Pre-conference Agenda

Pre-conference Workshops—Wednesday, October 13, 2021

*Additional registration required.

Choose an AM or a PM workshop, or attend both and save $99!

AM Pre-conference Workshop
Workers’ Compensation and Return to Work for EHS professionals: Managing Claims and Controlling Costs Through Safety Initiatives
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (refreshment break from 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
Presented by Travis Vance, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California employers have another obstacle to overcome when handling workers’ compensation claims: proving employees didn’t contract the virus at the workplace.

In September 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law that establishes a workers' compensation presumption that will apply to most employers in the state that have a COVID-19 outbreak through 2022. The law, SB 1159, will shift the burden of proof to presume that covered workers who contracted COVID-19 did so at work, unless the employer can prove otherwise.

When an employee is injured or suffers an illness, whether the cause is occupational or not, it’s important for the safety and HR teams to evaluate when, and in what capacity, the worker can return to work, either to full duty or with light-duty restrictions or other accommodations.

By returning the worker to duty sooner, you may reduce workers’ compensation exposure in the event the employee’s condition is due to an industrial injury or occupational exposure to a harmful agent. But, on the other hand, if an employee returns to work too soon, he or she may be at risk for reinjury. Plus, it’s important to balance your organization’s practical considerations with your legal obligations and rights under California and federal law.

This intensive session is designed to walk you through the return-to-work process here in California so you’re prepared to deal with potential challenges associated with administering fitness-for-duty examinations and providing accommodations.

You’ll learn:

  • How COVID-19 exposure can impact workers’ compensation claims;
  • The ins and outs of SB 1159 and its reporting requirements;
  • What the “rebuttable presumption” is and how it will apply if a COVID-19 "outbreak" occurs;
  • When a fitness-for-duty examination should be requested;
  • The types of medical information available to employers and what’s off limits;
  • How to tell if a worker is or is not eligible to return to work;
  • Your obligation to grant reasonable accommodations under the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Legal strategies for managing injured or sick employees’ return to work; and
  • Requirements under the California Family Rights Act, including the granting of medical leaves of absence and medical privacy concerns.


Lunch on your own

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


PM Pre-conference Workshop
Cal/OSHA 101: Understanding and Complying with the Nation’s Strictest Workplace Safety Laws
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (refreshment break from 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 a.m.)
Presented by Andrew J. Sommer, Partner, Conn Maciel Carey, and Megan Stevens Shaked, Associate, Conn Maciel Carey LLP

When considering the effectiveness of workplace safety regulations, some debate whether strong standards alone are sufficient to protect workers or whether strong standards are of little value without equally strong enforcement. These questions often come up when comparing the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Cal/OSHA, and, at least in the area of standard setting, Cal/OSHA is significantly stricter than its federal counterpart.

When comparing federal OSHA and Cal/OSHA, it is important to emphasize that states generally have fewer obstacles to overcome in issuing regulations of any type than a federal agency, which must account for greater state-by-state diversity, demands from many more stakeholders, and pressure from more political leaders.

With that being said, Cal/OSHA has been aggressive in issuing standards that either are more stringent than federal OSHA’s baseline standards or have no federal counterpart at all. As a safety professional, you must stay on top of the changing landscape surrounding Cal/OSHA, and that means knowing the ins and outs of the law and how to comply with the nation’s most strict workplace safety law.

This informative session will cover the key differences between Cal/OSHA and federal OSHA and gives a broad overview of the basic steps to building a Cal/OSHA-compliant safety program. We’ll also cover:

  • The unique Cal/OSHA enforcement priorities and processes;
  • How to handle frequent agency inspections;
  • The Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) and other written plan requirements;
  • Compliance with new standards, such as indoor heat hazards and heat stress;
  • Training techniques to remain in compliance; and
  • Tips and tricks for multistate compliance for California employers that operate in other states.

Agenda

Main Conference (Day 1)—Thursday, October 14, 2021

Registration & Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.

Session 1—Important Cal/OSHA Updates for 2022: Enforcement Trends, Regulatory Developments, and How to Close Your Compliance Gaps
8:35 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.
Presented by Andrew J. Sommer, Partner, Conn Maciel Carey, and Megan Stevens Shaked, Associate, Conn Maciel Carey LLP

COVID-19 dominated the headlines throughout 2020 and continues to be top of mind as employers work to ensure workplace health and safety. As a result of the pandemic, Cal/OSHA and other agencies implemented various laws and regulations to help employers navigate the crisis. While we hope the pandemic is officially vanquished in 2022, we can’t help but wonder what the year ahead will look like.

What were the top safety compliance priorities in 2021 for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the Appeals Board, and the Standards Board here in California? What new regulations can we expect, and how will they impact your business?

You’ll get answers to these questions and more when Cal/OSHA 2021 kicks off, with critical updates on new court rulings, policy initiatives, regulatory enforcement, and training requirements under federal OSHA and Cal/OSHA. Will your California facility be able to stay in compliance with upcoming regulations?

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Uncover all the laws and regulations impacting safety professionals in 2021.
  • Identify possible impacts on Cal/OSHA as a result of the new Biden administration.
  • Take steps to minimize Cal/OSHA citation risks given Cal/OSHA’s enforcement priorities.
  • Apply lessons learned from 2021 Cal/OSHA enforcement data and trends, especially COVID-19-related.
  • Recognize the impact of rulemaking, policy, and deregulatory developments for the coming year.


Networking & Refreshments with Exhibitors

9:35 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Session 2—How to Survive an OSHA Visit
9:55 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Sponsored by KPA
Presented by Ted Ullmann, CSP, CHMM, Team Supervisor, KPA

As most safety professionals know, a key component of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance and enforcement program is the inspection process. Although OSHA has a strong commitment to inspections, it’s not possible for the agency to inspect the millions of workplaces it covers annually; therefore, its investigators must prioritize among imminent-danger situations, fatalities/catastrophes, complaints, referrals, follow-ups, and planned/programmed investigations.

And every workplace is unique, as is each inspector. Refusing to consent to a voluntary inspection may lead the compliance safety and health officer to seek a warrant for a broader workplace inspection. Insisting on too many limits to the scope of an inspection can raise suspicions about potential violations. And do you know what the cost of an OSHA violation is? In 2021, it’s $13,653 per violation!

How do you think your company would fare if an OSHA inspector showed up tomorrow? If that idea makes you nervous, then you won’t want to miss this informative session!

KPA's OSHA expert will discuss:

  • OSHA's national and regional emphasis programs;
  • What triggers OSHA inspections;
  • What to expect when OSHA shows up and how to respond;
  • What your organization should have in place at all times to be prepared for an inspection;
  • The steps OSHA compliance inspectors must follow during an inspection;
  • How to appropriately participate actively (and passively) in an inspection;
  • Strategies for handling requests for documents such as audits, accident investigations, and near-miss reports;
  • How to best handle questions and interviews, especially those with employees;
  • Your rights as an employer during an inspection and how you can protect your rights, especially if they have been impacted;
  • Strategic ways to handle the opening and closing conferences;
  • Proven strategies for responding to citations, informal negotiations, and the formal appeals process;
  • And more.


Session 3—Injury and Illness Prevention Plans: Avoiding the Top Cal/OSHA Violation with an Effectively Implemented Program
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by Miranda Watkins, Associate, Fisher & Phillips LLP

California law requires all employers to develop and implement written and effective IIPPs. This is a mandatory requirement, but year after year, it continues to be Cal/OSHA’s most violated standard. What makes this compliance requirement so challenging to meet?

This session will teach you how to create and develop a program that is effective in educating and empowering all employees in reducing or eliminating accidents and incidents through the use of risk assessment, employee engagement and communication, and active leadership support and involvement.

Our presenter will also explain the development and implementation of an IIPP and how to avoid compliance missteps in the Golden State.

You’ll also learn how to:

  • Apply proven strategies for drafting and implementing an effective IIPP.
  • Understand how an IIPP works.
  • Recognize the costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses and why having an IIPP is so important.
  • What belongs in an IIPP.
  • Maintain complete, accurate, and compliant injury and illness records.
  • Gain insight into potential rulemaking at Cal/OSHA that could significantly increase the electronic recordkeeping burden for employers in the state.


Networking & Lunch with Exhibitors—Lunch is provided

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Session 4—Marijuana in California: Conducting Routine, Random, Reasonable Suspicion, and Postaccident Drug Testing without Violating Applicable, Federal, State, or Local Laws
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Miranda Watkins, Associate, Fisher & Phillips LLP, and Danielle Moore, Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Marijuana is becoming increasingly common in our society and in our workplace. Though medical marijuana has been legal in California since the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, the legalization of recreational marijuana has increased the number of times employers encounter situations with employees who are using or have used marijuana.

Despite the continued validity of zero-tolerance policies, some California employers have begun to move away from the hard-and-fast rules and relax their drug testing policies, which could spell trouble for safety professionals tasked with keeping workers safe.

Outside of uniform preemployment drug testing, employers can only require drug tests of employees if there is a reasonable suspicion that the employees have been using drugs. This uniform application is where marijuana testing often hits a snag. Where does that leave employers seeking a drug-free workplace for safety reasons?

Learn how to legally conduct postaccident drug testing in accordance with applicable California laws and conduct proper “reasonable suspicion” training in this engaging session. You’ll also learn how to:

  • Identify the circumstances in which Cal/OSHA may consider recreational or medical marijuana testing illegal retaliation.
  • Recognize how Cal/OSHA’s postincident drug testing rule interacts with other state and federal drug testing laws.
  • Implement best practices for balancing competing safety and legal considerations when developing a drug testing strategy.
  • Develop reasonable suspicion training for supervisors.
  • Create a drug and alcohol testing policy that protects the safety and health of employees and the public.


Session 5—Emergency Action Plans: Planning and Protecting Employees from Wildfires, Earthquakes, Pandemics, and Other Disasters
2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Presented by Robert A. Perlman, Area Executive Vice President, Business Continuity and Resilience Solutions Practice Leader of National Risk Control at Gallagher

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), 2020 saw a record-breaking U.S. wildfire season, which burned more than 10.2 million acres. California more than doubled its previous annual record for area burned (last set in 2018), with over 4.1 million acres. “In total, it is clear that 2020 stands head and shoulders above all other years in regard to the number of billion-dollar disasters,” says the NCEI in its billion-dollar disaster report.

Although California workplaces can’t control wildfires and other unexpected occurrences, employers can successfully survive such events, provided they invest the time and resources needed to be prepared. So, what actions should you take to be ready to combat a disaster in the Golden State?

In this session, a safety expert will cover the ins and outs of creating an emergency action plan (EAP) that meets local county or city requirements, as well as other ways your organization can prepare to protect itself against natural and other disasters. You’ll also learn:

  • Which departments to involve in developing your facility’s EAP;
  • How to successfully involve management, line supervisors, and employees in the EAP;
  • Signs that a written EAP falls short of meeting Cal/OSHA requirements for documentation;
  • Employee and workplace training that should be included in the EAP;
  • What an acceptable “means of egress” really means;
  • Ways to assess whether employees have been successfully evacuated;
  • Tips for developing evacuation and exit routes;
  • Strategies for protecting workers from wildfire smoke and the applicable respiratory protection requirements;
  • How to develop adequate procedures for reporting emergencies; and
  • How often to review your EAP to meet Cal/OSHA requirements.


Networking & Refreshments with Exhibitors
3:05 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Session 6—Let’s ‘Toolbox Talk’! How to Deliver an A-Plus Safety Training Experience 
3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Presented by Claire Beich, CSP, CESCL, Owner, Ascend Consulting Environmental Health & Safety

Which do you suppose a worker will remember more clearly: the weeklong safety course he or she completed 6 months ago or the 15-minute safety chat the foreman gave at the beginning of the shift addressing the specific job tasks the worker would do that day?

If you guessed the 15-minute chat, you guessed correctly. These informal chats, also referred to as “toolbox talks” or “tailgate talks,” are worth conducting because of their immediacy and relevance, and they can also offer more bang for your safety training buck.

Brief toolbox talks can be plugged into busy production schedules to relay new safety precautions or reinforce the safety message. When giving such a talk before a shift begins, for example, you can present the information yourself, but you also want to make sure trainees are involved.

Learn how to conduct successful toolbox talks in this engaging session. You’ll also learn:

  • The “5 Ps” of safety training;
  • Why the “show and tell” method is perfect for knowledge retention;
  • Which key performance indicators are needed to ensure safety training is effective;
  • Other methods of providing safety training;
  • How to conduct informal training sessions that comply with social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19-related safety precautions;
  • The importance of documenting all training, including informal toolbox talks (i.e., with attendance sheets), if employers want it to count toward compliance with safety regulations, and
  • The legal concerns to be aware of when offering informal training.

 

Main Conference (Day 2)—Friday, October 15, 2021

Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast and Learn
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Session 7—Safety Culture: How an Effective Safety Committee Can Be a Driver for Workplace Safety
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Presented by Steve Roberts, PhD, Senior Partner, Safety Performance Solutions Inc.

Whether it is acknowledged or not, every company has a safety culture—and just like other aspects of organizational success, your safety culture will only be as strong as the efforts dedicated to it. One way to ensure your organization is operating safely is to develop a safety committee.

Having a safety committee can help reduce the number of workplace injuries and illnesses and workers’ compensation claims while bolstering your compliance with federal or state occupational safety and health regulations. Additionally, employers in California may use safety committees to satisfy the communication requirement of the IIPP standard.

This session will cover the pros and cons of using safety committees to ensure that your organization remains safe and compliant, and you’ll also learn:

  • Strategies for creating a safety committee,
  • Cal/OSHA safety committee requirements for employers that elect to use them,
  • Best practices to satisfy communication requirements under the IIPP rule,
  • How to develop an annual safety plan of action with specific goals, and
  • How to identify the current values, attitudes, and perceptions surrounding safety at your organization—and how to change them if need be.


Networking & Refreshments with Exhibitors—Raffle Prize Giveaway
9:15 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Session 8—Workplace Violence Prevention: Policies and Practices for the Proposed General Industry Standard
9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Presented by Hector R. Alvarez, MSPsy/CTM​, President, Alvarez Associates

In 2017, California became the first state to require all healthcare facilities to implement protective measures for workers who may be exposed to violence. This also prompted California to become the first state to issue general industry workplace violence rules. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the rulemaking process has been put on hold, but this doesn’t mean employers shouldn’t prepare for the rule’s eventual passing.

The proposed rule defines workplace violence as “any act of violence or threat of violence that occurs at the work site,” excluding “lawful acts of self-defense or defense of others.” The proposal would also require covered employers to develop a workplace violence prevention plan that includes specific processes and procedures for identifying and preventing violence in the workplace.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify the different types of workplace violence,
  • The steps to take to develop a general workplace violence prevention plan,
  • Key provisions for training employees on workplace violence prevention,
  • What types of records you need to maintain to remain compliant under the proposed rule, and
  • How to communicate your plan to workers.


Session 9—Using Leadership Behavior Assessments to Guide Leadership Training and Development
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Presented by Steve Roberts, PhD, Senior Partner, Safety Performance Solutions Inc.

Achieving an ideal safety culture must actively involve all employees, and leaders play a particularly important role in influencing an organization’s safety culture, including the development of shared ownership for safety.

Although most employees feel leaders truly care about safety, there is still much that employees expect of leadership to help build an ideal safety culture. To show real support for safety, what leaders say about safety is not enough; what we do is most important. But what behaviors best demonstrate actively caring for safety? A number of assessments and cultural development projects have revealed what employees want to see from their leaders in order to show safety is important to them personally and for the organization.

For example, employees want their leaders to: 1) Show up by visiting site/work locations in person and talk to the people on the job; 2) get their hands dirty by getting out of the meeting rooms and into the production/operations areas to see firsthand the conditions, equipment, and procedures employees must deal with; 3) bring the checkbook, not simply to throw money at the problem but rather to demonstrate a willingness to provide the appropriate resources for tools, equipment, personnel, and scheduling to support safety; and 4) not blame people for system problems.

The identification of at-risk behavior should be the beginning of the analysis, not the end. Consider how employees might currently be inappropriately rewarded for risky behavior. Consider all contributing factors (e.g., training, production pressure, excessive overtime, formal and informal rules and procedures, and tools and equipment) when analyzing safety incidents.

This presentation will focus on the importance of leadership behaviors that improve the safety culture and demonstrate safety as a value, as well as behavior assessments that can help guide leadership training and development.

After this presentation, the audience will be able to:

  • Describe the components of an ideal safety culture.
  • Describe leadership’s role in supporting an ideal safety culture.
  • Identify key leadership behaviors that show employees safety is important to leadership and to the organization.
  • Describe how assessment tools, including surveys, focus group interviews, safety systems assessments, and leadership behavior assessments, can be used to guide leadership training and development.


Conference Adjourns
11:45 a.m.

Agenda and speakers subject to change. —

Your Conference Presenters

Hector Alvarez

Hector R. Alvarez, MSPsy/CTM, is a security expert who specializes in workplace violence prevention and is a Certified Threat Manager™ by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He holds an MS in Forensic Psychology, a BS in Criminal Justice and is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Alvarez has built over 25 years of threat management, security, domestic terrorism, and crisis management experience serving as a Security Director protecting one of our nation's most sensitive critical infrastructures, to working as a city police officer and as a professional security consultant. He understands the challenges individuals and organizations face when addressing the threats of violence because he has responded to them.

Claire Beich

Claire Beich, is an Environmental Health & Safety professional and business owner. After getting a taste of safety in the U.S. Army, Beich was sought out to lead the safety program at her first job back home in Washington state.

Beich spent her time while working in both food manufacturing and transitioned to the roofing manufacturing industry earning her BA in Safety and Health, graduating Suma Cum Laude, and attaining the CSP designation. Her extensive experience with teambuilding and the growth of safety culture in a rocking environment in each of her industries will add to your ever filling toolbox.

Beich lives in Bellingham, Washington racing sailboats and scuba diving as often as possible.

Danielle Moore     Danielle Moore is a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP. Moore has two primary objectives when counseling employers on labor and employment concerns: Limiting financial impact on their business and getting ahead of litigation as early as possible.

Whether defending accusations of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, or retaliation, or analyzing a complex workplace issue, Moore works to understand her client’s goals and reach the best possible outcome. Especially amid threats of large-scale exposure—due to class action lawsuits or Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) actions—Moore’s deep understanding of the Labor Code helps minimize liability and reduce future risk.

As a young partner, Moore founded and cochaired the Fisher Phillips Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council to mentor and support rising women attorneys. Today the program benefits attorneys across the firm’s 36 offices.

Robert (Bob) Perlman

Robert (Bob) Perlman leads the Business Continuity and Resilience Practice for Gallagher’s National Risk Control business unit. This practice provides risk-consulting services to a variety of companies in retail, life sciences, chemicals, heavy industry, transportation, real estate, and consumer products as well as public entities. Perlman was President of Continuum Solutions Ltd that was acquired by Gallagher in February 2016.

Perlman has extensive experience in risk consulting. He was practice leader for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Commercial Resilience business. In this capacity, he served as client relationship manager and project manager for a variety of global Fortune 100 clients in life sciences, consumer and media, financial services, and infrastructure. Capabilities included program management, strategic risk assessments, plan development/implementation, governance programs as well as testing/training/exercising.

Steve Roberts

Steve Roberts, PhD, is cofounder and senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions. He earned a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech with a focus in Organizational Behavior Management. For the past 30 years, his areas of expertise include the implementation and evaluation of behavior and people-based safety processes, assessment of organizational culture, management systems design, organizational leadership, and reducing human error.

Roberts taught the ASSE Seminarfest course People-Based Safety each year from 2005 to 2018 and again in 2021 when it transitioned to ASSP SafetyFOCUS. Roberts authored the book chapter “Actively Caring for Occupational Safety: Preventing Injuries with People Based Safety,” in Scott Geller’s 2013 book Actively Caring for People. 

Roberts is also lead author for the book chapter “Principles of Behavior-Based Safety” in the Handbook of Safety Principles, edited by Niklas Möller in 2018. Roberts was named among the “50 Top Safety Leaders” by ISHN News, is a regular keynote speaker, and consults with clients across all industry types.

Megan Stevens Shaked

Megan Stevens Shaked is an associate in the San Francisco office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP. Shaked represents employers on a wide range of employment matters, including claims of discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and whistle blowing. She also conducts workplace harassment prevention training and counsels employers on personnel matters such as the development of employee handbooks, hiring and termination decisions, and wage and hour compliance.

 Shaked represents clients in inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving Cal/OSHA. She also represents clients against claims brought by patrons alleging lack of accessibility under Title III of the ADA and the California Unruh and Disabled Persons Acts.

Andrew J. Somme

Andrew J. Sommer is a partner in Conn Maciel Carey's San Francisco, California, office. Sommer advises employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, and defends employers in administrative proceedings, arbitration, and litigation at both the state and federal level.  His practice includes disability discrimination and public access, whistleblower statutes, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour law. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and employment counseling. Sommer has served as pro bono counsel for community nonprofits and served on the boards of Central City Hospitality House and La Raza Centro Legal.

Ted Ullman

Ted Ullmann is a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager who has worked with KPA since 2008. He previously worked with a Carlsbad, CA based compliance firm, where he worked as a Regulatory Specialist.

Ullmann holds a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Environmental Policy. He is a certified Forklift Operator, and holds DOT certification in the transportation of hazardous materials. He is also HAZWOPER certified, holds certification in Commercial and Industrial Storm Water Management from the State of California, and is certified in CPR and First Aid.

Travis Vance

Travis Vance, a partner at Fisher & Phillips, is dedicated to responsive client service and forming a partnership with companies to help tackle their most difficult and high-profile issues.  Having gained a reputation as a professional and aggressive advocate for his clients, Travis has emerged as a thought leader in the field of workplace safety. His writing and interviews are followed closely by experts in the safety arena and have been featured in premiere publications such as Inc., Bloomberg Law, Business Insurance, The Washington Post, EHS Today, and the Wall Street Journal

Vance is a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office and cochair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. He has tried matters across several industries and various subject matters, including employment litigation, business disputes, and matters prosecuted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

He uses unique or outside-the-box approaches to counsel employers and owners on all aspects of employment law and the development of preventive policies and procedures to avoid employment and workplace safety-related claims. Vance handles litigation in both federal and state courts as well as claims pending with state and federal agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), MSHA, OSHA, and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).

Miranda Watkins

Miranda Watkins joined Fisher & Phillips LLP's San Diego office as an associate in 2016. She represents national, regional, and local employers in a range of industries, including construction, assisted living facilities, car dealerships, retail, hospitality, education, fitness, staffing companies, railroad and transportation, and aerospace and defense manufacturing.

Watkins litigates various employment claims, including discrimination, leaves of absences, wage and hour, pay equity, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She is adept at cost-effective resolution, often resolving cases before a lawsuit is filed. Watkins is also skilled at obtaining case dismissals at the summary judgment stage.

Location

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

When: Wednesday-Friday, October 13-15, 2021
Where: Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
901 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
Room Rate: $165/ night
Hotel cut-off date: Monday, September 20, 2021
Reservation Center: 1-800-744-1500 and reference the Cal/OSHA Summit
Reservation Link:  http://group.hilton.com/l7xv6

NOTE: Simplify Compliance/Brand has no affiliation with any third party companies or travel assistance providers. Hotel rooms should be booked directly with the hotel via the official hotel information listed on the website and registration brochure.




Pricing Details

Main Conference

  • Retail Pricing | $799


Pre-conference Workshops:

  • AM/PM Pre-conference Sessions | $299 each
  • Both AM/PM Workshops | $499 (Save $99 when you purchase both!)


Register together and save! Take 15% off groups of 3 or more, or 20% off groups of 5 or more registrants. Contact our sales team at 800-274-6774 ext. 8069 to take advantage of this great offer.


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COVID Safety

Simplify Compliance places the highest priority on the safety of our guests. In preparation for attendance at our events, we want to share the following measures to promote health and wellbeing:

  • Current hotel policy outlines that fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear face coverings or social distance in indoor and outdoor areas at our hotels, unless required by local law. Unvaccinated guests must still wear face coverings and practice social distancing when they are in indoor public spaces.
  • Meeting rooms will be set to comply with state and local recommended social distancing guidelines.
  • Food service will follow the safety guidelines implemented by the hotel.

To view all the safety measures that Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Hotel has implemented, please see the information listed on their website: Hilton CleanStay.

Simplify Compliance will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment and the recommended guidelines and will communicate adjustments to the onsite policies and procedures as we approach the live event date.

To safeguard all those in attendance at our events, we ask that you stay home if you are feeling sick, have tested positive for COVID-19, or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact our customer service department to talk through options to move your registration to a future date.

Simplify Compliance reserves the right, in its sole discretion, without refund, to expel and deactivate and/or revoke the credentials of participants who violate these safety provisions.

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Credit Information

AM Pre-conference Workshop
Workers' Compensation and Return to Work for EHS Professionals: Managing Claims and Controlling Costs Through Safety Initiatives

HR Certification Institute HRCI
SHRM Preferred Provider

HR CREDIT INFORMATION: The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

This program has been approved for 2.75 (HR (General)) recertification credit Approved Provider toward aPHR®, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through the HRCI.

BLR®—Business & Learning Resources is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 2.75 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

SAFETY CREDIT INFORMATION: This conference qualifies for 0.5 Recertification Points for CSPs, CHSTs, OHSTs, 0.5 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 conference (please note that conference participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit).



PM Pre-conference Workshop
Cal/OSHA 101: Understanding and Complying with the Nation’s Strictest Workplace Safety Laws

HR Certification Institute HRCI
SHRM Preferred Provider

HR CREDIT INFORMATION: The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

This program has been approved for 2.75 (HR (General)) recertification credit Approved Provider toward aPHR®, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through the HRCI.

BLR®—Business & Learning Resources is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 2.75 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

SAFETY CREDIT INFORMATION: This conference qualifies for 0.5 Recertification Points for CSPs, CHSTs, OHSTs, 0.5 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 conference (please note that conference participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit).



Main Conference

HR Certification Institute HRCI
SHRM Preferred Provider

HR CREDIT INFORMATION: This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute® for review.

BLR®—Business & Learning Resources is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 9 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

SAFETY CREDIT INFORMATION: This conference qualifies for 1 Recertification Points for CSPs, CHSTs, OHSTs, 0.5 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 conference (please note that conference participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit).