OSHA Compliance during COVID-19:
Safety and Health Enforcement
NOTE: CLE credit is not available for this program.
OSHA has several regulatory tools to ensure employers maintain hazard-free work environments. What are these tools – and have they been effective in the face of COVID-19? Has OSHA “met the moment” or failed to protect workers during this unprecedented pandemic? Employers feel under siege with hazard assessments, documentation requirements and requests for information. Yet workers feel – and too often are - unsafe as they work through the pandemic or are just now being called back to worksites in industries across the country. Employers and employees must understand their ever-changing responsibilities under OSHA, especially given the anticipated upsurge in COVID cases as we enter the flu season. The panel will review the latest changes in OSHA compliance as it relates to COVID-19 and also will provide best practice tips on protecting workers and developing effective and comprehensive return-to-work plans. Join our panelists as they parse through what is – and is not – working and for whom at the federal and state levels.
Ann Rosenthal, U.S. Department of Labor (ret.), Washington, DC