OSHA in 2019: Enforcement, Rulemaking & Legislation
Despite the commencement of the Trump Administration in 2017, changes at OSHA have been slow to arrive, but that may not be the case in 2019. Changes are quickly being made to enforcement priorities (including reinstatement of the site-specific targeting), new emphasis programs, and action on the 2018 agenda that includes several small business panels.
In addition, with the change in Congress, expect OSHA oversight hearings, follow-up on recent GAO reports, and scrutiny over revisions to the VPP. You’ll also see new legislative initiatives, including measures addressing workplace violence, combustible dust, heat stress, and enhanced criminal penalties. Recent federal court decisions will affect multi-employer worksites, and increased enforcement of certain general industry standards in construction may be expected.
Join us on January 29th with Adele Abrams as she provides an update on the new initiatives within OHSA and those being promoted within Congress.
- Who is currently in charge of OSHA, how that is likely to change, and what it means
- What are the current most cited standards, and which NEPs are being revised, withdrawn and launched
- How to participate in SBREFA initiatives affecting a number of pending rules
- What legislation from 2017 is likely to see action with a new democratic leadership in the House, and how this affects prospects for changes in OSHA criminal penalties and more
- How will programs such as the VPP and SHARP may be changing
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Firm President and certified mine Safety Professional Law Firm of Adele L. Abrams P.C.
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, is an attorney, safety professional, and firm president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C. who is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a multi-attorney firm with offices in the DC area, Denver, and West Virginia, which represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. She is a Certified Mine Safety Professional and a Department of Labor–approved trainer.
Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law. Ms. Abrams is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks. She is chair of the National Safety Council’s Business & Industry Division committee on regulatory and legal affairs. She is admitted to the Bars of MD, DC, and PA, as well as multiple federal courts, including the US Supreme Court.