Jenifer L. Kienle, Esq.
Founding Partner , Kienle Law
Jenifer L. Kienle has over 20 years of litigation and trial expertise defending national and California commercial enterprises concerning OSHA and Cal/OSHA enforcement actions requiring expertise in OSHA regulations, compliance, and appeal defenses. Her consulting practice encompasses full safety program development and training, as well as updates on Cal/OSHA compliance. Prior to founding Kienle Law, she was most recently a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and developed and served as Chair of that firm’s OSHA Safety & Health Practice.
Session 3 – OSHA Compliance: Exercising Employer Rights in an OSHA Inspection
Run Time - 39:41
OSHA has jurisdiction over 7 million worksites, and its scrutiny of those worksites runs the gamut of evaluating imminently hazardous situations, investigating severe illnesses and injuries, worker complaints, referrals from other enforcement agencies, and targeted and follow-up inspections. It’s important to know your legal obligations and your legal rights when OSHA conducts any type of inspection of your worksite(s). This session, led by a skilled OSHA attorney, will walk you through what to expect during the OSHA inspection process and provide an essential road map for exercising your organization’s legal rights during the inspection. You’ll learn how to:
-Properly identify an OSHA inspector’s credentials.
-Recognize the type of information OSHA compliance officers are likely to gather about your organization before OSHA inspectors step foot at your worksite(s).
-Evaluate who from your organization should be the designated representative to accompany the OSHA representative during the inspection.
-Ensure that the OSHA compliance officer doesn’t overstep by consulting privately with an unreasonable number of your employees.
-Appropriately handle the walkaround
-Respond to OSHA inspectors’ questions—what you should answer and what you don’t need to share.
-Determine whether you will appeal citations for OSHA standard violations and serious hazards.
Workplace Violence Prevention: Policies and Practices for the Upcoming General Industry Standard
Thursday, October 15, 2020, 9:55 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
California is poised to become the first state nationwide to implement workplace violence prevention standards for general industry. This development could have a major impact on employers’ compliance obligations for California-based operations, as currently, workplace violence hazards can only be regulated through the Cal/OSHA General Duty Clause. This session will provide the latest insights into the likely timeline for implementation, what to expect, and how to prepare.