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Construction VS Maintenance: How to Know Which OSHA Rules Apply and When to Avoid Fines- On-Demand

Construction VS Maintenance: How to Know Which OSHA Rules Apply and When to Avoid Fines- On-Demand

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Construction VS Maintenance: How to Know Which OSHA Rules Apply and When to Avoid Fines - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Are you aware of the unique and conflicting requirements between which activities at your worksite classify as constructions tasks, versus which activities classify as maintenance? Join this webinar to learn how OSHA makes these distinctions, understand the key differences in regulatory and reporting requirements, and much more!


Even seasoned safety professionals often struggle to understand when OSHA categorizes certain activities as “construction” tasks, regulated under 29 CFR Part 1926, and when they fall under the “maintenance” category and are regulated under the general industry standards in Part 1910. An employer’s work may even change classification at times; for example, a manufacturing or retail facility may be required to comply with construction standards, because of the characteristic of a particular task or the activities of contractors within its facility.

OSHA penalties now can reach $129,336 per affected employee. Requirements for general industry and construction can differ significantly, and in some cases may directly conflict. Understanding how to identify and follow the correct standard for a given situation is therefore crucial for compliance, safety, and the bottom line.

Use this on-demand webinar, with Adele Abrams, a safety professional and attorney who has handled hundreds of OSHA general industry and construction cases, and who has participated in many OSHA rulemaking activities. Abrams will share her experience with the intersection between construction and maintenance tasks, how OSHA does (and does not) make bright line distinctions, how OSHA policy and guidance on this issue has evolved over time, and where it may be headed in the current administration. The presentation will also address the key differences between regulatory requirements, reporting requirements, and more.

You’ll learn:

  • How OSHA defines “construction” and “maintenance” for purposes of determining which standards apply in a particular workplace setting
  • Which industries are at highest risk for misapplication of standards, and why
  • What the key differences are between construction and maintenance when it comes to OSHA health standards such as crystalline silica and beryllium
  • How standards for fall protection, workplace inspections, electrical work, confined spaces, fire protection, cranes and worker training changes depending upon the nature and location of the activity
  • Which employers must report specific data to OSHA and how that is affected by the construction vs. maintenance issue


About Your Presenter:

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSPAdele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

Adele Abrams is the president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC, a multi-attorney firm with offices in the DC area, Denver and WV. She represents employers nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation. Adele also provides safety training, consultation and auditing services. She is the 2017 recipient of the National Safety Council’s DSSA award, and is an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, where she has received the SPY award multiple times. Adele is also on the faculty of the University of Colorado, and Catholic University, where she instructs on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

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