2021 Cal/OSHA Summit

October 13 - October 15, 2021 | Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, San Diego, CA

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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.

By attending this conference, attendees will learn:

  • How to ensure compliance with new standards, such as the COVID-19 temporary emergency standard, indoor heat hazards, and heat stress;
  • Training techniques to remain in compliance;
  • Tips and tricks for multistate compliance for California employers that operate in other states;
  • Cal/OSHA recordkeeping ins and outs;
  • Implementation of best practices for balancing competing safety and legal considerations when developing safety policies;
  • And more!

Who should attend the 2021 Cal/OSHA Summit?

    • 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

Industry Leading Speakers

Agenda At A Glance

October 13, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
AM Pre-Conference Workshop Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Workers’ Compensation and Return to Work for EHS Professionals: Managing Claims and Controlling Costs Through Safety Initiatives Presented by Travis Vance, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
PM Pre-Conference Workshop Registration
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cal/OSHA 101: Understanding and Complying with the Nation’s Strictest Workplace Safety Laws
October 14, 2021
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:35 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
Session 1 - Important Cal/OSHA Updates for 2022: Enforcement Trends, Regulatory Developments, and How to Close Your Compliance Gaps
9:35 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
9:55 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
Session 2 - How to Survive an OSHA Visit Presented by Ted Ullmann, CSP, CHMM, Team Supervisor, KPA
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session 3 - Injury and Illness Prevention Plans: Avoiding the Top Cal/OSHA Violation with an Effectively Implemented Program Presented by Miranda Watkins, Associate, Fisher & Phillips LLP
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch with Exhibitors (Provided)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Session 4 - Marijuana in California: Conducting Routine, Random, Reasonable Suspicion, and Postaccident Drug Testing without Violating Applicable, Federal, State, or Local Laws Presented by Miranda Watkins, Associate, Fisher & Phillips LLP, and Danielle Moore, Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP
2:05 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Session 5 - Business Continuity and Resilience: A Path to Resilience Presented by Robert A. Perlman, Area Executive Vice President, Business Continuity and Resilience Solutions Practice Leader of National Risk Control at Gallagher
3:05 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break
3:25 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.
Session 6 - Let’s ‘Toolbox Talk’! How to Deliver an A-Plus Safety Training Experience Presented by Claire Beich, GSP, CESCL, Owner, Ascend Consulting Environmental Health & Safety
October 15, 2021
7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Session 7 - Safety Culture: How an Effective Safety Committee Can Be a Driver for Workplace Safety Presented by Steve Roberts, PhD, Senior Partner, Safety Performance Solutions Inc.
9:15 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Networking & Refreshments with Exhibitors—Raffle Prize Giveaway
9:40 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
Session 8 - Workplace Violence Prevention: Policies and Practices for the Proposed General Industry Standard Presented by Hector R. Alvarez, MSPsy/CTM​, President, Alvarez Associates
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Session 9 - Using Leadership Behavior Assessments to Guide Leadership Training and Development Presented by Steve Roberts, PhD, Senior Partner, Safety Performance Solutions Inc.
11:45 a.m.
Conference Adjourns