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2022 Cal/OSHA Summit

October 5-7, 2022 | San Diego, CA

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: Learn from California's top safety attorneys and risk management consultants as well as your peers on how to avoid costly Cal/OSHA fines and penalties on important issues surrounding your organization.

Over the last 2 years, the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has been busy enforcing COVID-19 safety protocols and holding employers accountable for not following these rules, but that hasn't been its only focus. Between COVID-19 masking, testing, and vaccine standards, Cal/OSHA has also:

  • Created a new Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard in response to COVID-19,
  • Changed the definition of what a serious injury and/or illness is and how these incidents can be reported to Cal/OSHA,
  • Created two new classes of safety and health violations: enterprisewide and egregious,
  • Adopted an emergency regulation to protect workers from wildfire smoke,
  • Implemented heat illness prevention requirements,
  • And more!

Keeping workers safe and incident-free should always be top of mind, but with all the changing safety guidelines coming down from Cal/OSHA, it's hard to keep up.

But fear not: Cal/OSHA Summit 2022—the leading state-specific event for California employers and safety professionals—will provide guidance for complying with the latest developments on new safety regulations, help you better understand your injury and illness recordkeeping requirements, and recognize strategies for overcoming all the specific nuances of Cal/OSHA regulations. 

You'll learn:

  • What's coming down the pike from Cal/OSHA as we head into 2023,
  • How to comply with the ever-changing regulations surrounding COVID-19,
  • How to avoid ending up on Cal/OSHA's top 10 list,
  • What to include in your heat illness prevention plan,
  • How to train workers to maintain a better safety culture,
  • Why you need alliances in order for your safety culture to work,
  • How to assess worker behavior to prevent an incident of workplace violence,
  • And more!

Pre-Conference Agenda

Pre-Conference Workshops—Wednesday, October 5, 2022

*Additional registration required.

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

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Networking Continental Breakfast

AM Pre-Conference | Cal/OSHA 101: Understanding and Complying with the Nation’s Strictest Workplace Safety Laws

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by Joshua Schultz, Attorney, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams, P.C.

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 strictest workplace safety law.

This informative session, along with an interactive Jeopardy-style component, will cover the key differences between Cal/OSHA and federal OSHA and provide 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.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

PM Pre-Conference | IIPP: A Deep Dive into Creating an Injury and Illness Prevention Program to Keep Your Workforce Safe and Incident Free

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presented by Travis Vance, Partner, 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,
  • Identify what belongs in an IIPP,
  • Maintain complete, accurate, and compliant injury and illness records, and
  • Gain insight into potential rulemaking at Cal/OSHA that could significantly increase the electronic recordkeeping burden for employers in the state.


Thursday, October 6, 2022—Main Conference Day 1

8:00 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Registration and Networking Continental Breakfast

8:55 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Session: Non-COVID-Related Regulatory Updates and Changes to Keep Your Organization in Compliance
Presented by Jeff Killip, JD MPH, Chief, Cal/OSHA

COVID, COVID, COVID! COVID-19 has been like the Marsha Brady for safety professionals; it's all anyone can talk about or focus on. But what about all the other new regulatory items environment, health, and safety (EHS) pros need to understand and comply with? Can we focus on anything other than COVID-19 for once?

In this kick-off session, our expert presenter will join us to discuss the Cal/OSHA regulatory agenda and how new and upcoming changes will affect the way you monitor and implement your safety initiatives.

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break in the Expo Hall

10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
ESG: How to Be a Socially Responsible Partner and Leader
Sponsored by Alcumus
Presented by Nicola Barker, Vice President of Product - Enterprise, Alcumus

Today's modern workers are demanding more from their employers in terms of what the company can do for them within a broader social context. To deal with this shift in values, employers are turning to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards, and socially conscious investors are using ESG metrics to screen potential investments in these areas.

For instance, the environmental criteria consider how a company performs as a steward of nature. Social criteria examine how it manages people practices, both internal and external. Governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights. If you want to attract and retain today's modern worker, then you'll definitely want to become a socially responsible leader and implement ESG today—and this session will show you how!

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cal/OSHA and COVID-19 ETS: Keeping Up with the Ever-Changing Pandemic Standards
Presented by Joshua Schultz, Attorney, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams, P.C.

We can only avoid the COVID topic for so long! As a California safety professional, you know Cal/OSHA has set the bar for all COVID-19 regulations. Despite the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate not working out, Cal/OSHA's mandate is still alive and well. In this session, we'll uncover new and upcoming COVID-19 emergency temporary standards or regulations and discuss best practices for complying with these changes.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch (Provided)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Marijuana in California: Conducting Routine, Random, Reasonable-Suspicion, and Post-Accident Drug Testing without Violating Applicable, Federal, State, or Local Laws
Presented by Danielle Moore, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Keeping workers safe is your duty as an employer, and under Cal/OSHA's Title 8, Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, there is a whole section dedicated to safe practices and personal protection. Personal protective equipment (PPE) has become a household term due to COVID-19, but keeping your workers safe on the job requires more than just a face mask. Are you providing workers with the correct PPE to perform the task at hand? Who is responsible for paying for PPE? And how can you encourage workers to consciously use this gear safely and accurately? Get answers to these questions and more when you attend this session.

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break in the Expo Hall

2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
How to Assess Workplace Behavior to Prevent Violent Incidents from Occurring
Presented by Hector Alvarez, CTM, MS, President, Alvarez Associates LLC

Safety leaders are always looking for ways they can mitigate risk, take preventive action against potential hazards and incidents, and improve their company’s overall safety culture, and that includes preventing violent incidents from occurring in your workplace. But where do you begin?

One way to reduce workplace violence is through implementing a behavioral threat assessment and management process, and this session will show you how!

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
How Much Are They Fining Us? Understanding OSHA and Cal/OSHA Top 10

Presented by Abby Harrington, Associate, Fisher & Phillips LLP

To better protect employees on the jobsite—and help employers understand the costly fines associated with on-site injuries or occupational-related deaths—OSHA strictly enforces citations for safety violations that could lead to severe injury or death. And each year, the agency releases a list of the most cited violations and penalties employers received.

In this informative session, you'll learn about the OSHA top 10 list, the penalties associated with violating the standards mentioned in the list, and ways to correct safety behaviors in order to avoid becoming another statistic.

Friday, October 7, 2022—Main Conference Day 2

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Session Title Coming Soon!
Presented by Claire Beich, CSP, CESCL, Owner, Ascend Consulting Environmental Health & Safety

Safety at work is about more than just avoiding lawsuits. The idea of fostering a “safety culture” at work has shifted to the forefront of the safety industry, and it is now a priority for many EHS professionals. An ideal safety culture not only means eliminating or mitigating hazards and at-risk behavior but also ensuring the methods used to bring about that change leaves people feeling better about themselves, their coworkers, their situation, and the organization.

This requires developing intervention strategies that include elements of choice and personal control, employee involvement and ownership, and focusing on allowing employees to work to achieve valuable outcomes for safety instead of creating situations in which those involved are primarily motivated by avoiding negative consequences. In this session, you'll uncover innovative strategies to help you administer and train your workforce in order to better improve your organization's safety culture.

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Building Better Safety Allies: Joining the Cal/OSHA Alliance Program to Promote Workplace Safety and Health
Presented by Brandon Hart, M.S., Program Manager for Communications and Outreach, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Cal/OSHA

More info coming soon!

11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break in the Expo Hall (Raffle Prizes Announced)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session Title Coming Soon!
Presented by Abby Harrington, Associate, Fisher & Phillips LLP

More info coming soon!

12:30 p.m.
Conference Adjourns

Agenda and speakers subject to change. —

2022 Cal/OSHA Summit


Josh Schultz

Josh Schultz
Managing Attorney (MD), Denver Office, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

Josh Schultz is an attorney, a trained mediator, a safety professional, and a trainer who is the managing attorney of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.'s Denver office.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Maryland, College Park School of Journalism. Before joining the Law Office of Adele Abrams in September 2008, he clerked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

Travis Vance

Travis Vance
Partner, Fisher & Phillips

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 an aggressive advocate for his clients, Vance 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 co-chair 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).

Jeff Killip

Jeff Killip, JD MPH
Chief, Cal/OSHA

Cal/OSHA Chief Jeff Killip is passionate about working collaboratively with stakeholders to improve workplace safety and health. He came to Cal/OSHA after holding several positions for Cal/OSHA’s Washington state counterpart, known as the Washington State—Division of Occupational Safety and Health (WA-DOSH). For nearly 10 years, Killip served WA-DOSH as acting deputy assistant director, senior manager for education and outreach, industrial hygiene technical policy and laboratory manager, and rules manager. Killip has a background in public health and was the managing director for the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials. He also practiced law for more than 20 years, mostly in civil and criminal prosecution and enforcement as an assistant regional counsel for the EPA; as an assistant attorney general for the Alaska and Washington state attorney general; and as a deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District in Colorado.

Killip has a BA in geology from Colgate University, a master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins University—Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a JD from Seattle University School of Law (formerly known as the University of Puget Sound School of Law).

He is an avid athlete/outdoor recreationalist who loves to adventure with his amazing wife, Jeanette, and their two boys, Riley and Cory. He also loves labs.

Nicola Barker

Nicola Barker
Vice President of Product – Enterprise, Alcumus

Nicola Barker has over 15 years’ experience in delivering technology products to enterprise customers. She is a certified product management and product marketing leader with a passion for ensuring customer experience is at the forefront of technology delivery and works to demystify the digital transformation process, supporting organizations to build a solid foundation of rich data, with integrity around data insights, enabling reliable data-driven decision-making.

Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore
Partner, Fisher & Phillips

Danielle Moore is a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP. Moore has two primary objectives when counseling employers on labor and employment concerns: limiting the 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 clients’ 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 co-chaired 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.

Brandon Hart

Hector Alvarez
President, Alvarez Associates, LLC

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 and 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 and working as a city police officer and a professional security consultant. He understands the challenges individuals and organizations face when addressing the threats of violence because he has responded to them.

Abby Harrington

Abby Harrington
Associate, Fisher & Phillips

Abby Harrington is an associate in Fisher Phillips’ San Francisco office. She represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Before law school, Harrington worked as a teacher and a school administrator in both Nashville, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.

During her time in law school, Harrington gained experience in the Individual Representation Clinic litigating a wage and hour case in Santa Clara Superior Court. She was the executive notes editor for the UC Hastings Women’s Law Journal and the vice president of the Women’s Law Society, as well as served on the Hastings Curriculum Committee and competed on the Trial Team.

Claire Beich

Claire Beich, CSP, CESCL
Owner, Ascend Consulting Environment, Health & Safety

Claire Beich is an environment, health, and safety (EHS) 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.

She spent her time while working in both food manufacturing and transitioning to the roofing manufacturing industry earning her BA in safety and health, graduating summa cum laude and attaining the GSP 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.

Brandon Hart

Brandon Hart, M.S.
Program Manager for Communications and Outreach, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Cal/OSHA

Brandon Hart is a member of Cal/OSHA’s leadership team. Currently, he coordinates and oversees five critical programs and units at Cal/OSHA. Those include the Alliance Program, Professional Development and Training Unit, Outreach Coordination Program, Publications Unit, and statewide Heat and Agriculture Program. In addition to overseeing and managing these programs and units, he works with the department’s communications unit to develop campaign strategies to provide important messaging and outreach to workers and employers.

Hart first joined Cal/OSHA in 2009 as an associate safety engineer in the Santa Ana district office. He received a promotion to senior safety engineer in 2014 and was assigned to work in the Region 3 regional office. In the ensuing period, Hart conducted and coordinated many high-profile inspections, participated in outreach events, trained new compliance safety and health officers throughout the southern region, and acted in a lead role in various regional and division-wide assignments. In 2017, he received a promotion to his current senior management position and was tasked to establish new units and revitalize older units and create a cohesive program with related functions.

Before joining Cal/OSHA, Hart worked at State Compensation Insurance Fund as a loss control consultant and workers’ compensation claims adjuster in Fresno, California.

Hart received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from National University and his Master of Science degree in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University.


Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

901 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

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Pricing Details

Main Conference:

  • Retail price: $799
  • Early Bird price: $699 – Expires June 30, 2022

Preconference Workshops:

  • Individual AM/PM Precon retail price: $299
  • Morning & Afternoon Precons purchased together, retail price: $499
  • (No early bird discount offered)

Group discounts are available. Register together & save!
Take 15% off groups of 3 or more, or 20% off groups of 5 or more registrants. Contact our sales team at 800-727-5257 to take advantage of this great offer.

2022 Cal/OSHA Summit


Per current CDC guidelines, if the county where our event is located is deemed to be within the high level of COVID-19, it will be recommended that all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks when indoors except while actively eating or drinking. 

  • If the region where our event is located is deemed by the CDC to be within the substantial or high-risk category, we will recommend all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks when indoors except while actively eating or drinking.
  • 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.

Simplify Compliance and EHS Daily Advisor 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.